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H Andrew,
I appreciate your tone and honesty. I see you have written a book on this topic so i am obviously out of my league. I have been studying Isaiah for 2 years and still struggle with whether he is talking about immediate fulfillment in his day or fulfillment at the time of the first or second coming and then when he weaves the three together….argh? You could make the case he is a brilliant poet who makes Shakespeare look like a novice. I am not sure why you are so confident in light of the following scriptures
Isaiah 37
36 Then the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies! 37 So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew. He returned to Nineveh and stayed there. 38 One day, while he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisrok, his sons Adrammelek and Sharezer killed him with the sword, and they escaped to the land of Ararat. And Esarhaddon his son succeeded him as king. The King of Assyria is also documented to have escaped in 2 Kings 19:36-37. I really don’t think he was brought back to Jerusalem after he died in Ninevah and dumped in the Tophath in the Valley of the son of Hinnom.

The other reason I don’t think Isaiah 30:27-33 is only speaking of Assyria is v.28 where he references nations and peoples (ie not just 1 nation or Assyria) and again in v.29, the result of the Lord’s deliverance is the nation going to the mountain of the Lord and to the Rock of Israel This never happened after the Lord delivered Israel from Assyria . There was no national coming to faith in the Messiah.

I obviously don’t put a ton of stock in the rabbis since they missed it with Jesus but I think it is interesting that in 30:33
Topheth has long been prepared; it has been made ready for the king.
The word for “long” is actually yesterday in Hebrew Literally, it says this place was prepared yesterday for the king.
Rabbinical traditional has taken this verse to mean that Hell was created
on the second day of creation.Since the second day of creation was the first day to have a “yesterday,” They go on to conclude that this is why that Day 2 is the only day that has no record of God saying anything is good in Genesis 1.
Nice talking to you! Cheers.

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