You guys are simply just not understanding.
God sees everything (past, present, future) all at once. So to God, Satan is simultaneously starting armageddon and also simultaneously not starting it. But, from our viewpoint it just looks like Satan didn't make his decision yet. But, In God's eyes Satan did make the decision already.
You have to just stop looking at things as if human minds are the only way God can see things.
To be honest, I don't think you've fully understood the ramifications of your statement.
God sees everything past, present and future.
The past - prior to god creating the world, what was he looking at in the past? This is a rhetorical comment, however it begs the question of time being present prior to the creation of the universe. Indeed, what was god looking at in the past (or present at that time) before he created the universe?
Present - god sees what's going on now. Ok - no problem. According to christians, god intercedes when his believers pray. Before the universe was created, god knew he would answer your prayer on January 16, 2012 and on January 16, 2012, he did it. In reading the bible, god changes his mind. Did he know he would change his mind when Moses convinced him not to wipe out the Israelites in Exodus 32:14? Was he aware he would in the past or was it just a glitch in the Matrix?
Future - this is where it gets fun and this is where you need to wrap your brain around your statement.
Prior to the flood, god knew what the outcome would be. The world would still be going to hell. He knew the flood wouldn't accomplish his goal of ridding the world of evil so what was the point of doing it? Moreover, it would appear god couldn't see into the future because he expressed regret. Why?
God knew that Onan was going to "spill his seed" on the ground in Genesis and carried through with his execution.
God knew that Amanda Berry was going to kidnapped as a child and repeatedly abused and raped but did nothing.
God knew that tribes in the Amazon who have never had contact with the outside world were going to die without knowing him and be sent to hell.
God (in the present) knows that millions of children (in the future) will continue to die from malnutrition, poor medical health, abusive parents, etc. He knows that we will be watching our TVs at night and he knows we will see countless images of kids crying because they're sick, or their parents are dead and they live in slums. He knows that people will donate money to these organizations (mainly christian) and he knows that some high ranking christian within that organization will steal the money. He knows this will all occur and will do NOTHING to change that outcome... because he can't or won't?
Are you suggesting that god *can't* step in and change the outcome? Are you suggesting that god has limits in his power? Or are you suggesting god is following some sort of script?
Think about what god sees in the future and put yourself in his place: imagine you as a parent. Before your partner became pregnant, let's say you saw into the future and saw that your offspring was going to end up a disease riddled whore, living off of welfare and having kids they abused.
Would you still try to have that kid? If yes, you're a monster.
If no, then you're a lot more compassionate than the god you worship
. WORSHIP! As though it's benevolent!
Again - the bible is written and the prophesy is there for the devil to read RIGHT NOW in the present
. You're basically saying that now (in the present) the devil *can't* stop what he is doing even though he knows the outcome? If yes, then why not?
Skeptic, did you ever read the Choose Your Own Adventure books when you were a kid? All of the stories were written and the outcomes were determined but it was up to you to decide what path you would follow based on your choices while reading the stories. Why can't the devil do the same?
Finally, maybe we aren't getting your explanation because you aren't explaining it right. Try again.