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Since God is Omniscient and already knew how things would unfold, why did he not just throw Lucifer and the rebellious angels into the lake of fire, and forget about it?

Satan didn't stop after being expelled from Heaven, and is in fact still tempting man to disobey God, even tempting Jesus to break the first of the 10 commandments.

Luke 4:5 through 7 KJV

5And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

6And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

7If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.

Has this been broached in any theological study?

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@christianity.stackexchange.com/users/20/flimsy sorry if you felt that 2,3,& 4 were questions. I do not feel that I have the right to question any of God's judgments or why God does anything and certainly do not mean to induce anyone else to question God, his nature, or his reasoning, judgment, nor any other attributes. I only cited those as thoughts which have crossed my mind. even though I cannot question God I do feel that it is not unbiblical to to try to understand him. –  Bye Nov 6 '13 at 0:15
@christianity.stackexchange.com/users/20/flimzy I agree with that premise, but there is only one who is qualified to answer those questions, however I do agree with what I think is what you intended to convey in that it is okay to ask what someone else might think is why he did something. –  Bye Nov 6 '13 at 3:33
As the last vote to close, I will say that I a not sure what your question is, but going by the title and tags only it is too broad. Try to trim the fat here and bring this down to about 5 sentences or less an make it more readable. –  fredsbend Nov 6 '13 at 17:11
@christianity.stackexchange.com/users/20/flimsy Please see my edit it was not my intent to ask multiple questions, and would appreciate your reopening my question. If you prefer I will completely rewrite it. Thanks –  Bye Nov 6 '13 at 17:42
Good questions. As Rick said, below, faith is the key, and not just blind faith, but faith in a God who is so far beyond our poor powers to understand that our feeble attempts to do so leave us only with more questions than answers. If I am left with one take-away from your questions, it has to be this: sin is the culprit, and if by allowing sin to enter the picture God provides us with a contrast to His infinitely holy character, then that is sufficient reason for Him to do so. As Paul said, "so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful" (Romans 7:13). –  rhetorician Nov 6 '13 at 17:50
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You say: “I am full aware of the precept that God is love and that he created man out of his great love, and I am not disputing whether either of those is correct. I do though have to wonder if he did not also create the Angels out of that same great love, and would not the loss of them not be as sad for him as the loss of a man's Soul”

Generally I find that when further understanding is needed in regard to God, expansion generally is found in our understanding the nature of God's Love. The fall of Lucifer was as a result of Lucifer’s misplaced love for himself. God “loves” us and we are to return that “love” to God. Love is acquiesced by “faith”. Adam and Eve placed their “faith” in the word of the serpent rather than the “loving” word of God. “Grace” is God’s unmerited “love” for mankind.

Romans 4:16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace…

Faith is essential in a loving relationship. God certainly is Eternal and knew outcomes at beginnings. Lucifer also was created as were the angels for a loving relationship with God. Their relationship we know is not the same as God intends for man. Lucifer transgressed faith and faith was transgressed in the Garden. Faith is transgressed when it is misplaced. God’s love is the intended target of faith, self-love (pride) and sensual-love (lust) for example are counterfeit targets of faith.
Many wonder why an Omniscient-God would have followed through with Creation knowing outcomes of heartache and loss. This does enable us who have invested our faith in God’s love, to know the inconceivable value that God places on those that will trust in His Love and engage in a loving relationship with their Creator. We are linked to the Spiritual Reality, and certainly mankind has been and is affected by Spiritual happenings. We can however take personal inventory of our heart’s treasures, those things that matter most, those things we trust, those places we invest our time, they are the target of our faith.

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@christianity.stackexchange.com/users/4746/rick Thank you I have no disagreement with anything you said, and am very aware of the love relationship with God, I have one. My question however was if Satan is still in the process of enlarging his army by recruiting men. –  Bye Nov 6 '13 at 13:30
I don’t know that I would call it recruiting an army, more like deceiving, but certainly impacting our lives by taking our eyes off of our Creator’s love. –  Rick Nov 6 '13 at 13:38
@christianity.stackexchange.com/users/4746/rick my reference to his Army was in light of the battle of Armageddon. –  Bye Nov 6 '13 at 14:14
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