This is a hard passage to swallow. It some ways it seems that certain of these people had their hearts hardened so that they could not believe as a result of the fulfilled profecy of Isaiah the profit. I have always been taught that all people have a free will and that God wants all people to be saved. Has God actually created living breathing people to burn? I have seen other places in the Bible where God hardened hearts: I understand that God is sovereign and that He can do whatever He wants, but the question is whether these all apply to salvation and/or whether these are lifetime occurrences. I would like input from all views on these passages concerning Isaiah's prophecy, God hardening Pharaoh's heart, and in general, God's purpose for using people in an unbelieving state for His Glory. At this point, I am open to all opinions.