“And Yahweh spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “Separate yourselves from the midst of this community, that I can destroy them in a moment.”
And they fell on their faces, and they said, “God, God of the spirits of all flesh, will one man sin and you become angry toward the entire community?”
Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the community, saying, ‘Move away from the dwelling of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.’” So Moses stood up and went to Dathan and Abiram; the elders of Israel followed after him.
He said to the community, saying, “Please turn away from the tents of these wicked men, and do not touch anything that belongs to them, or you will be destroyed with all their sins.”
And so they moved away from around the dwellings of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram; and Dathan and Abiram came out standing at the doorway of their tents, with their wives, sons, and little children.
And Moses said, “In this you will know that Yahweh has sent me to do all these works; it is not from my heart. If they die a natural death or if a natural fate is visited upon them, Yahweh has not sent me.
But if Yahweh creates something new, and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up and all that belongs to them, and they go down alive to Sheol, and you will know that these men have despised Yahweh.”
And it happened, as soon as he finished speaking all these words, the ground that was under them split open.
The land opened its mouth and swallowed them up with their houses and every person that belonged to Korah and all the property.
They went down alive to Sheol, they and all that belonged to them, and the land covered over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly.
All Israel who were around them fled at their cry, because they said, “Lest the land swallow us up!”
And fire went out from Yahweh, and it consumed the two hundred and fifty men presenting the incense. Numbers 16:20-35 LEB
Q: Can this be interpreted in more than one way?
Certainly it says they perished from the midst of the assembly, but it also says they went down alive to Sheol. God is also acknowledged as being the “God of the Spirits of all flesh”.
Furthermore, not only does Numbers 16 mention Korah’s camp(people & property) went down alive to Sheol; but the New Testament seems to link backwards to Numbers 16 with the concept of “under the earth”.
Numbers 16 shows the earth split open, and in Phillipians 2:10 seems to indicate that Korah’s company would still be there, amongst other humans:
“Therefore also God exalted him and graciously granted him the name above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven and of those on earth and of those under the earth, Philippians 2:9-10
Q2: Can Numbers 16 prove the immortality of the soul & the afterlife being “under the earth”?