Q. Re: Who is the Assyrian? When you mentioned the angel of the Lord sweeping through and killing all of those soldiers, a question came to mind. Whenever angels carry out killing commands, do they physically harm the person (i.e. stab, slit throat, etc.) or they just fly over them and kill them by touching them, looking at them, etc.?
A. The Bible doesn’t go into detail when it comes to describing things like this. Isaiah 37:36 simply says, “Then the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. When people got up the next morning there were all the dead bodies.”
It seems likely that single handedly killing 185,000 soldiers in one night, without anyone realizing it until morning, would require supernatural methods.