This week in our review of Isaiah Decoded we’ll expand the category of Mahan that we saw in our last post. Just above Perdition on Isaiah’s Ladder to Heaven is Mahan. Mahan sins against the light and truth that they had as Believers and have fully embraced the carnality and wickedness of a fallen world. By rejecting God’s Law, they suffer for their own sins. Nevertheless, they are redeemed from Universal Sin – the sin of Adam and Eve – and are saved from eternal death inheriting the lowest of God’s eternal realms.
The word Mahan doesn’t appear in the Bible as a noun but is a noun form of the Hebrew word Ma-kha - מָחָה - Strong’s H4229. Ma-kha is translated in the Torah to destroy, blot out or put out. Mahan can be constructed to mean “a destroyer who is blotted out of the Lamb’s book of life.” Comparatively, when we look at the word for Perdition in the Greek – Strong’s G684 – apoleia. Apoleia has meanings similar to Makha, but Apoleia is used in the context of eternity. Perdition is “a destroyer who suffers eternal ruin and dissolution.”
Believers Murdering for Gain
The primary sin that we see both Perdition and Mahan commit is receiving light and truth, and then sinning against that light and truth in the most wicked way possible – reducing human life to property, power or praise. Perdition comes under the special category of not being redeemed because they had a perfect knowledge of God and still killed for gain. We see this in the Bible with Cain and Judas.
Mahan on the other had light and truth but not to the degree of Perdition, Mahan doesn’t know God, but receives the Spirit of God’s truth. We see this concept of Mahan as a big theme in the Book of Mormon. Dr. Gileadi makes this comment about an example of Mahan in the Book of Mormon.
“The book of Helaman practically starts out with Kishkumen’s murder of the chief judge Pahoran (Helaman 1:9). Kishkumen’s fellow conspirators “entered into a covenant, yea, swearing by their everlasting Maker, that they would tell no man that Kishkumen had murdered Pahoran” (Helaman 1:11). Only later, when Kishkumen tries to kill Helaman, does it come to light that a secret combination led by one Gadianton was conspiring “to murder, and to rob, and to gain power” over the people (Helaman 2:4–5, 8). Though this is the first reported incident of a secret combination among the Nephites, Mormon makes the point that, in the end, “this Gadianton did prove the overthrow, yea, almost the entire destruction of the people of Nephi” (Helaman 2:13)” – Studies in the Book of Mormon, P.129
Sinning Against God
When we look at the act of sinning against God, we see three ways that man can sin against God.
He can sin against the Light/Spirit of Messiah.
He can sin against the Spirit of Truth – the Holy Spirit/Ghost.
He can blasphemy against the Holy Spirit/Ghost.
Sinning Against the Light of Messiah
In the first chapter of John, John states that the Word enlightens every man. This light helps us to know right from wrong and is commonly known as our conscience. When we violate our conscience, we sin against the Messiah’s Light or Spirit.
Sinning Against the Holy Spirit/Ghost
Yeshua states in the 16th chapter of John that He would send the Holy Spirit that will testify and lead us to all truth. When we knowingly and willfully break God’s Law-Truth, which is an expression of the Holy Spirit, we sin against the Holy Spirit.
Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit
To blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is to show gross disrespect for God. This gross disrespect is demonstrated in the scriptures through the examples of Cain and Judas. Both Cain and Judas had a perfect knowledge of God. They knew God was real! And yet, they turn away from God and murdered for property. Essentially, rejecting God and His plan of immortality and eternal life for humanity.
We can now apply these concepts to those who fall into our categories of wickedness.
Mahan and Immortality
One thing that see here with Mahan is that Mahan rejects God’s Law-Truth after accepting it, which Law was designed to help man overcome Personal Sin. Since Mahan has rejected the law to overcome Personal Sin, they will suffer until the terms of justice are met and have forfeited their opportunity to ascend. Suffering the second death, they will be shut out of God’s presence – Rev. 20,21.
On the other hand, Mahan still can accept Messiah’s redemption from Universal Sin or the sin of Adam and Eve and receive immortality - Matt 12:32, 1 Cor 15:22.