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Of course not. The number of chapters in any Bible book is an arbitrary number. Isaiah did not write in chapters. The division into chapters was done at a much later time, 4th or 5th century. The number of books in the Bible depends on your denomination. Catholics, Orthodox, and Protestants have different books in their respective canons. The Jews have just 24 books. And Isaiah has those 66 chapters only because of the standard size of scroll. It is composed of two, some say three, different books written by different authors at different times. But at ancient times scrolls were at standard length, and those books were written on the same scroll. That's how they eventually were fused together into what we now consider to be a single book. So all in all, it's a ridiculous position to take. A comment in passing just because others related to that: there is nothing, direct or indirect, in Isaiah (or anywhere else in the Tanach for that matter) about Jesus. None of the listeners of Isaiah or Isaiah himself cared about someone who were to live 7-8 centuries later when they had much more pressing things to worry about.
YES---------- The book of Isaiah has been called "The Little Bible." As the Bible has sixty-six books, Isaiah has been divided into sixty-six chapters. As the theme of the Bible is salvation in Christ, Isaiah, above all else and more than any other prophet, tells of salvation through the Christ to come. As the Bible has two major divisions, the Old Testament (39 books) and the New Testament (27 books), so Isaiah has two major divisions: the Assyrian Period (ch's. 1 - 39) and the Babylonian Period (ch's. 40 - 66). As the Old Testament brought condemnation, and the New Testament brings salvation; the first part of Isaiah primarily contains prophecies of judgment, whereas the second division predominantly consists of prophecies of peace. The historical chapters of Isaiah (ch's. 36 - 39) serve as a transition from the Assyrian Period to the Babylonian Period, even as the Old Testament prophets serve as a transition from the Old Testament to the New.