The hand of God? This stunning yet somewhat terrifying cloud formation that appeared in the skies above Portugal looks like a fist from Heaven, which is why many have dubbed it the “hand of God.”

The cloud took this unusual form of a fist from Heaven with a hand holding a fireball as it dominated the skyline across the island of Madeira earlier this week.

The cloud was spotted by a very fortunate weather blogger, Rogerio Pacheco, who said that he “could not believe his luck when he looked up at the clouds while commuters made their way to work in the morning rush hour”.

He posted some photos on his blog and it wasn’t long before his images were noticed and spread like wildlife across the Internet.

Amazed onlookers began comparing the brilliant orange cloud to everything from a flaming fist of fury to the iconic comet featured in the classic video game Final Fantasy VII, notes the Daily Mail.

As soon as I saw the sky, I was immediately intrigued and I just had to grab my camera to take photo,” said Pacheco. “For me, the cloud looks like an outstretched hand with a fireball“.