You haven't really lived until you have learned to use all of your seven
senses. These powers of perception and reception were given to
Adam and Eve for their full enjoyment of Eden's pleasures.
When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they lost most of their ability to
enjoy pleasure, and we, their descendants, are not fully aware of the
abilities they lost. Our faculties will all be perfect in Heaven, but
here on earth, even though we do not find perfection, we can learn the
proper use of the seven senses we will use to enjoy the eternal delights
of God's House.
First, we find that the senses, see, hear, smell, touch and taste are
not fully defined by the word "physical". This is evident by
the fact that a person can see what he is dreaming about while his
physical eyes are closed in sleep. Furthermore, by the spiritual
nature of our soul (thoughts and imaginations), we can see, hear, feel,
etc., without using the physical members of our body.
Genesis 2:7 says when God breathed into man he "became a
living soul". Does a dead body have physical sense?
No! When death separates body and soul, the powers of spiritual
senses go with the soul.
Five of the seven spiritual senses are called "physical" because they
can, at certain times, be conducted by the body to the soul or spirit
inside. A glove conveys the sense of touch to the hand inside even
though the glove without the hand is lifeless. The powers of
spiritual senses in reality, belong to the never-dying soul.
The senses you use while your body is senseless in sleep, are the same
senses you will use when your body is senseless in death. Let's
look at Luke 16. The rich man died and his soul was in hell.
Yet he could feel the torment, could
see and recognize
Abraham. Lazarus, who also died, and was in Abraham's bosom,
evidently had a finger that could touch.
Abraham could hear the rich man, and could
talk to him. The rich man also remembered
(had knowledge) of his brothers on earth.
The other two spiritual senses that make up the seven, are little known
because they operate between spirits and not through the physical body.
These two spiritual powers are obscure because they were almost lost
when Adam and Eve lost fellowship with God and were put out of Eden.
For these reasons it is difficult to find names that fully explain these
powers of sense, and it will require some thought to grasp their
Putting the seven senses in order the first one is anticipation
(premonition) also called desire, and foreknowledge. This is the
preparatory sense. By it we receive the knowledge of what is going
to happen so we can be prepared. By this sense we also receive
impulses from God to do good, like a good idea, or impulses from satan
to do evil. (Heb 5:14
"...those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern
both good and evil.") Next in order are the five
action senses, see, hear, smell, touch and taste, that may operate
through the physical body.
The seventh sense is the power of perception, described by words like
realize, become aware, understand, etc., by phrases like "it finally
dawned on me," "I became conscious of the fact," etc., and
by the term -- mental telepathy. This is the satisfaction sense.
It enables us to realize and enjoy reality. This is the power of
perception that in Heaven, allows us to know as we are known. In I
Corinthians 12:8 it is called "the word of knowledge".
Now observe the operation of the seven senses in the following
Many people were invited to a banquet. Some desired to go, but
some refused. Desire and anticipation were the mental preparation
that made it possible for those attending the banquet to more fully
enjoy the operation of their action senses. After a delightful
time at the banquet, seeing the smiling
faces and lovely displays, hearing the soft
music and friendly conversation, smelling
the irresistible aroma of good food, tasting
each delicious morsel, touching and feeling
the festive spirit of the occasion, they returned home with the mental
satisfaction of an evening well spent. One couple was not at the
banquet because unexpected friends dropped in. Being mentally
prepared for a banquet -- not company -- the evening brought no real
satisfaction to this couple.
Disappointment is part of earthly sorrow, but it never enters Heaven.
For in Heaven the loving Spirit of God harmonizes all activities by
placing His gentle commands on the minds of those present as preparatory
desires. These desires are always fulfilled by the expected
activity, that in turn, always produces the mental satisfaction of
reality realized. (mental satisfaction of realizing and enjoying
One final illustration: The Holy Spirit of God reveals a person's lost
condition by the Scriptures "all have sinned",
and "the wages of sin is death" (Romans
6) This knowledge of being unfit for Heaven brings a real
"premonition of doom". This warning causes those who are wise to
make the necessary preparation for eternity.
Jesus is the only one who can bring joy and remove guilt, give peace in
place of fear, and lead the way to Heaven. But you must first
respond by saying, "Jesus, remove all disobedience from me, make
me love right things, and lead me in the way everlasting." If you
are sincere, the Spirit of God will give you joyful satisfaction of
knowing His forgiveness and sensing His love.
Those who are not restored to fellowship with God are very susceptible
to evil influences. Satan attacks people through their spiritual
senses by the psychic craze over ouija boards, spirit mediums and extra
sensory percetion (ESP). "Extra" sensory refers to the senses
beyond those commonly called physical. These spiritual senses are
not "extra," they are an important part of
all of us, but they need to be awakened by God in order for us to
fellowship with Him here, and live in His eternal abode hereafter.
The Spirit of God imparts the reality of eternal life directly to the
spirit of the sincere seeker by awaking his spiritual senses to know
God. (Rom 8:16 The spirit [of Yahweh/God]
Himself bear witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God)
At this moment the believer becomes alive to spiritual things and is
restored to fellowship with God. In this new relationship the
believer is able by the power of a renewed mind (awakened spiritual
senses) to commune with God in spirit and in truth. The only way
our eternal spirit can commune with God is by our spiritual senses, not
by the senses that operate through the physical body.
Satan has deluded many by psychic phenomena which prevents their worship
of the Most High God/Yahweh.
"But the hour cometh and now is, when the true worshippers
shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh
such to worship him. God is Spirit, and they that worship Him must
worship Him in spirit and in truth." John 4:23-24
YOU ARE HEREBY CORDIALLY INVITED
TO ATTEND THE GREAT BANQUET IN HEAVEN!
DO YOU DESIRE TO BE THERE?