Hand of God
|Name||Hand of God|
|Powers||Power of God|
|Location/Owners||Lebanon, Kansas (Men of Letters Bunker)|
|Episodes||11.14 The Vessel|
The Hand of God is also a catch-all term used to describe any object on Earth that God has touched, imbuing it with traces of His power. There were several God-touched objects on Earth at one point according to Lucifer, but they were believed to not have survived the Great Flood, let alone made it to the 20th century. The power that emanates from the Hand of God is too potent and unstable, making it dangerous to touch bare handed, as a mortal would not be able to survive long making direct contact with the object. Angels and demons are the only creatures that can withstand it's power. These objects can only be used once -- after the power within is drained, these objects will be rendered useless.
A piece of the original Ark of the Covenant is found by the Nazi's archaeological branch, known as the Ahnenerbe and described as the Hand of God. A Woman of Letters, Delphine Seydoux, is sent undercover to retrieve it from the SS Officer Befehlsleiter Gumprecht. Upon confirming its authenticity, Delphine stabs Gumprecht in the neck and steals away with the Hand of God onto the USS Bluefin for transport to the U.S. where it was to be brought to the Men of Letters Bunker. When Sam and Dean discover the existence of the Hand of God in 2016, they have "Castiel" (Lucifer) time travel with Dean to 1943 to retrieve it from the ill-fated USS Bluefin before the sub is lost forever. Due to Delphine placing specialized warding sigils on the sub, Lucifer was not able to get past the hull, allowing only Dean to make it on the sub.
Dean quickly comes clean to Delphine and Captain Deerborn about who he is and that the sub will be sunk. He asks Delphine to give him the Hand of God, telling her he is fighting his own Biblical war in the future. Delphine agrees and begins breaking the sigils painted on the ship, to allow Dean transport back to 2016. When Befehlsleiter Gumprecht tracks the sub down and cripples it with depth charges, Dean asks Delphine how he can use the Hand of God to save them. Delphine denies him, out of worry he will be killed and the Hand of God will just end up back in Nazi hands. Delphine takes the Hand of God into her hand and becomes imbued with its power, becoming bathed in a blinding white light that destroys any trace of the USS Bluefin as well as blasting a hole in the German destroyer above them and burning everything and everyone on it before sinking.
Before the ships were destroyed, Lucifer was able to break through as the Hand of God destroyed the warding carved on Delphine and bring back Dean and the Hand of God to 2016. Back at the Bunker, Sam warns Dean that Castiel isn't Cas. Lucifer reveals himself and telekinetically slams Dean into a pillar. Lucifer then unwraps the Hand of God, taking it into his hands, which has no effect. All its power having been used by Delphine to destroy the German destroyer.
The Rod of Aaron was given to Moses's brother Aaron by God on the sixth day and is capable of incredible destructive power. It was sought out by Lucifer during his search for weapons to defeat the Darkness, but was used by Crowley in a failed gambit to kill Lucifer. Crowley described holding it as, "So this is what it feels like to be God," and seemed to suffer no negative side effects from its use although after attacking Lucifer, its power was dissipated.
Crowley is able to track down the Horn of Joshua in the An-Nafud Desert in Saudi Arabia. He meets a man named Noel, who made a deal with Crowley ten years prior. In exchange for the Horn of Joshua, Crowley promises to destroy their contract freeing his soul. Upon receiving the Horn of Joshua, Crowley destroys the contract, however he snaps Noel's neck and causes Noel's men to shoot themselves before leaving.
With the Horn in possession, Crowley rendezvous with the Winchesters and the three formulate a plan. Crowley tells the Winchesters he will only give them the Horn if they summon and trap Lucifer to expel him from Castiel's vessel and but him back in the Cage. The Winchesters argue that they need Lucifer to stop Amara, but Crowley is steadfast with removing Lucifer from the equation. After summoning and trapping him, Lucifer shows to be more formidable when the warding and holy fire eventually fail. Lucifer is able to gain possession of the Horn of Joshua, and as he is about to deliver a killing blow to the Winchesters, Amara bursts through the doors of the abandoned church. Lucifer then proceeds to absorb the power of the Horn, and directs it towards Amara, hitting and engulfing her in a bright white light. But when everything settles, Amara appears to be still standing and unfazed by the attack.
In the Bunker, Dean theorizes that the Hand of God must be used by one of God's chosen if it will have any effect on the Darkness. Which explains why it had no effect on Amara when Lucifer used it because he was cast out.