NOTE: The LORD our God is a series of articles concerning the God of Israel, the God of the Holy Bible. This is the first article which is entitled I. God the Father has Horns One of the most fundamental issues concerning the LORD God of the Holy Bible is His appearance. What does the LORD God look like? After thoroughly investigating the available research, a tentative conclusion can be reached. The LORD God is a giant, barbaric, bearded, circumcised, possibly extra-terrestrial male sorcerer that stands between 50-100 feet tall, perhaps even larger. Most importantly, He has horns upon each side of His forehead, like a ram or a goat, but in all other respects resembles a fiercely handsome, adult male. Then Moses went up with Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and they saw the God of Israel; and under His feet there appeared to be a pavement of sapphire, as clear as the sky itself. Yet He did not stretch out His hand against the nobles of the sons of Israel; and they saw God, and they ate and drank. – Exodus 24:9-11 Keep in mind that, traditionally speaking, the LORD God resides in Heaven, in other words- outer space. Thus, there is the distinct possibility that the LORD God of both the Old and the New Testament is a supernatural, extra-terrestrial being from another world, or planet, somewhere nearby in the Milky Way galaxy. He appears capable of manipulating both time and space and has basically mastered the forces of nature- earth, air, water, and fire. His life-span measures in the thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of years, if not longer. In His world, or home planet, there are probably many different forms of horned creatures, some of whom walk on two legs, others who walk on all fours. Historically speaking, it is entirely accurate to insist that YHVH, or Yahweh, the father God of both Jews and Christians, has horns. Canaanite legend states this explicitly. The Hebrews were directly related to the Canaanites because both were Semitic tribes descended from Shem. The Bible itself also hints at this ‘horned’ reality. The passages are as follows: God brought them out of Egypt; He has, as it were, the [horn] of a unicorn. – Numbers 23:22 God brings him out of Egypt; He has [horns] like a wild ox. – Numbers 24:8 One prominent Biblical scholar believes that these passages can only lead to one possible conclusion. He states without hesitation that, ‘The horns belong to God, who is…called El.’ With this in mind, it is difficult to accept the opinions of some critics who believe that God the father does not have horns, only the Devil does. In the past, this line of thought has lead to some highly anti-Semitic conclusions. Jew-haters spewing nonsense have time and again attempted to claim that the horned God of the Jews was, and is, the Devil and that the God of Christianity does not have horns. While Rabbi Jesus may not have horns, to say that the God of the Jews, or of the Christians, is hornless is completely contrary to the statements of more than a few experts. Consider the following quotations: The Canaanite gods Baal and El were horned bull gods as was, originally, Yahveh, which is why horns decorate the altar described in Exodus 27. – Encyclopedia of Religions Horns, in Moses’ time, were a symbol of authority and power. Many gods, including YHVH have been depicted as having them. – Mary Sutherland This god…was seen in two basic ways; as a solar sky deity and, particularly as he expressed himself in nature, as a horned god of the woodlands and forests. A great being who was lord of all nature. He also has many names: Cernunnos, Merlin, Lugh, Pan, Osiris and many others including YHVH, or Jehovah of the Hebrews. – John and Donna Beasley The modern confusion over the appearance of God the Father comes mostly from the artwork of Michelangelo. In his various paintings and sculptures, God is portrayed without horns, like Zeus (or Jupiter), the sexually degenerate god of the Greeks and the Romans. This has caused generations upon generations of believers to picture the Christian father God as human and without horns. For whatever reason, Michelangelo did make a sculpture of the prophet Moses with horns. Sadly, many Christians have taken this to mean that the God of Moses, the God of the Old Testament, the God of the Jews, was the Devil with horns, while the God of Jesus Christ, the God of the New Testament, the God of Christianity did not have horns and was an entirely different God. This is completely contrary to Church teachings and is, in fact, blasphemy and heresy. The God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament was, and is, the exact same God. Scores of Christian scholars have confirmed this throughout the centuries. Christians certainly do not worship Zeus, a sexually perverted human god without horns. They never did. They worship the God of the Holy Bible. Modern research and scholarship have shown conclusively that this God traditionally had horns. What may perplex the Christians of today is the age-old legend that Satan, the Devil has horns. Keep in mind that these same legends never said God did not have horns. In fact, the proper Biblical tradition is to never, ever create an image of God whether it be a painting or a sculpture. The Ten Commandments completely forbids any portrayal of what God actually looks like: You shall not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth below, or that is in the water under the earth. – Exodus 20:4 For this reason, the image of God having horns has remained somewhat of a secret over the centuries. It has been passed down from generation to generation, from father to son, by word of mouth commonly known as the oral tradition. This may leave some Christians of today feeling somewhat uncomfortable, disbelieving, or even frightened. Nevertheless, when it comes to the God of the Holy Bible, the faithful and obedient need never be afraid. YHVH, the horned God of the Hebrews is a God of justice and mercy. He always has been and always will be. His people, the Jews, have proven to be some of the kindest, most peaceful people in history. His only son, Rabbi Jesus, followed in this tradition by preaching peace, love, tolerance, and forgiveness. In God’s eyes, Satan, the Devil, is an evil, very dangerous nuisance who both tempts and accuses mankind with wrongdoing. He is the little bat, rat, or cockroach, the pest that God just can’t seem to catch. While both of them may originate from the same Heavenly world, or planet, that contains many different horned creatures, God and Satan are distinctly different in both size and temperament. God, a horned, benevolent giant looks down upon mankind with kindness and generosity, forever willing to forgive their sins and treat them with benevolence. At the same time, Satan, the little horned pest and rodent, the malcontent son, the insane, ugly and evil uncle, views man with hatred, suspicion, envy and malice. Through the use of Scriptures, God warns the good people of earth against ever trusting in His opponent, the Devil, or any of his fellow wicked, little horned people. As the Bible states: The children of Israel may bring their sacrifices, which they offer in the open field…they may bring them unto the LORD…And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone prostituting themselves. This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations. – Leviticus 17:5-7 Some believers may become confused or even angry that the God of the Holy Bible has hidden the fact that He has horns from so many of His loyal and devout followers throughout the centuries. One reason may well be because He considered it unimportant or because Zeus, the evil, sexually perverted, Pagan god without horns, may have deceitfully tried to usurp God’s place in the minds of men by trying to convince everyone that only Satan has horns. The fact remains that Zeus is not YHVH, the God of Israel, and never will be. Just as his son Apollo, a murderer and a pervert, was no Jesus Christ and never will be. The hiding of God’s horns is not a conspiracy. It is merely one small part of the Biblical tradition, predicted several different times in Scriptures. They are as follows: [God] said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be. – Deuteronomy 32:20 How long will you forget me, O LORD? For ever? How long will you hide your face from me? – Psalm 13:1 Hide not your face far from me; put not your servant away in anger. You have been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. – Psalm 27:9 LORD, by your favor you have made my mountain to stand strong: you did hide your face, and I was troubled. – Psalm 30:7 Why do you hide your face, and forget our affliction and our oppression? – Psalm 44:24 Truly you are a God that hides yourself, O God of Israel, the Savior. – Isaiah 45:15 Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, says the Lord GOD. – Ezekiel 39:29 ¨ It is to be hoped that, when it comes to giant men with horns, a profound change of heart can occur among the billions of believers in the three great religions of Abraham, namely Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This small change of heart has to occur in order for God to fully reveal Himself once again. For how can this barbaric giant, who has spiritually conquered most of the world, ever hope to meet His children face to face if they remain terrified of His horns? For Christians, how can Rabbi Jesus ever introduce His father to a hostile audience who would mistake Him for the Devil? For this reason, God remains hidden from view. Until the hearts and minds of mankind change, He must. For the past few centuries, theologians have speculated upon the omnipotence, omniscience, and unimaginable light and glory which they believe to be God Almighty. They forget what the Bible clearly states numerous times in many languages- that God has a face, hands, and feet just like a man. He also has a name and that is YHVH which in Hebrew means, ‘I will be what I will be.’ Dozens, literally hundreds, of rival gods with rival stories and rival traditions have perished under the onslaught of Christianity and Islam. Today, the Pagan gods are considered nothing more than myths. Was this all just a coincidence? Or is man finally prepared to meet both his maker and creator face to face, the fierce, bearded giant with horns who has conquered them all. Only time will tell.