Why didn’t God kill Satan in the beginning?      My e-mail friend from Kentucky asked me a hypothetical question about God’s conversation with Adam, in the Garden of Eden.  He noticed that God asked them about eating the forbidden fruit after they mentioned their nakedness.  Wouldn’t God already know about the fruit?  And why didn’t God kill Satan, then, (even though the damage had already been done)?  Yet, Satan roamed free instead.  Huh?  [Paraphrased]       Since we had exchanged e-mails before, I knew he was serious so I wanted to give him a serious answer.  Hours later, I was standing in my room, listening to earphones, and I began to think about the e-mail.  I had really planned to sleep on it and answer in the morning.  Suddenly, an answer popped into my head that I have never heard before.  (Of course, it could be common to others.)  Nevertheless, I typed it as quickly and accurately as I could remember.  I’m just explaining the whole story because it sounds better than any answer I could have thought of on my own.       There are a “host” of angels but only a few are mentioned by name, like God’s ‘inner circle’.  When Satan betrayed Him, concerning His creation, it was not enough just to defeat Satan.  God created a scenario that reflected the event on earth, when Jesus was betrayed by Judas.  God created a replica of Satan’s betrayal and wrote His own ending, which is Revelation.  God’s Plan      You can tell that God had the whole plan in mind, at least by ‘flood time’, because He vowed not to destroy all living creatures, as He had done, even though He knew  every inclination of man’s heart would be evil from childhood. (Genesis 8:21)     In other words, God was starting ‘over’ but He wasn’t starting ‘ALL over’ On the contrary, He took a different tactic with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, which led to the nation of Israel.  Yet, only an Almighty God could accomplish something like that. Deuteronomy 4:34 Has any god ever tried to take for himself one nation out of another nation, by testings, by miraculous signs and wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, or by great and awesome deeds, like all the things the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes? Something to think about:     By the way, one can tell that God had this plan in mind even before the flood, when you consider that Enoch is one of the two witnesses in Revelation.  “With the Lord, a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years is like a day.” (2 Peter 3:8)
After thoughts:      It’s easy to see why God wants Revelation left as is: because it’s His “ending”.  Naturally, John’s vision started with ‘heaven’ and the ‘crucifixion’, in chapters 4 & 5, and proceeded to the ‘resurrection’ in Seal 1, which was Jesus’ victory over Satan.  Yet, there was more to accomplish after that.  The rest of the Seals would last another 2000-years (called “the great tribulation” in Rev. 7) because that was the only time  people can be “saved by the blood of the Lamb”: between the resurrection and rapture. (Seals 1 & 6)  Revelation 8 thru 19 happen in only 2300-days because it’s literally the “end that is decreed” for Satan (until he is locked in the Abyss for 1000-years). Illustrated: (back to the old explanation)      Sure, God could have recreated the betrayal of Satan in much less time but He also simulated the 6+1 ‘days’ of creation with 6000 + 1000 ‘years’.      I’ve gone way past my original e-mail but in regards to the other question, about the Garden of Eden: Yes, God already knew about the fruit before He asked, just like He knew about Abel’s death before He asked Cain, “Where’s your brother?” (Gen. 4:9)     God spoke in questions, often, especially when He was upset with humans (such as Job 38, Isaiah 66, and Deut 4, above).  Actually, when He asked Satan, “Where have you been?”, I bet He already knew. (Job 1:6)  When you think about it, a person might as well answer God truthfully because He already knows.  LOL   More to think about:      After Satan’s betrayal in the Garden, God could not live with man because He was too ‘Holy’ to live with ‘sin’.  Creating this intricate plan to offer His Son as a sacrifice was the only way He could eventually dwell with man, which was His plan in the beginning.  When you think about it, God is going to great lengths to find a selection of humans, washed of sin, that love Him.  He is so far above us because God offers salvation as a ‘gift’ but He voluntarily ‘paid’ with His only Son.  No wonder the only way to heaven is through Jesus.  Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. © Copyright 2010 - 2015   All rights reserved. Daniel 11 Explained (condensed ‘one page’ commentary) ‘Matthew 24’ Explained (must match Revelation) The ‘Seals’ Explained (Revelation timeline revealed) Seven Churches Explained (Past & Present Church Prophecy) Note: ‘Sitemap’ shows a complete list of all pages (by category). ‘Homepage’ gives 3 simple steps + timelines + summary. Addition: September 8, 2016    I wrote this page a couple of years ago but I’ve had a couple of people write and say that I didn’t answer the question.  First of all, the above statement was what I thought of in a split-second moment, which seemed like a revelation to me, so I wasn’t going to change it.  I went into greater detail below, but let me phrase it a simpler way, as I did in a recent e-mail:   Answer: God preferred to destroy Satan slowly and symbolically (7000 years = 7 days).  And, in the process, He isolated a vast group of humans that truly love Him and believe in Him, who will live forever, which is what God wanted in the first place.  In other words, God could have destroyed Satan quickly but He waited for us Current Events from Daniel 11 (matching the Middle East) The Abomination (Daniel 11:31) done Recent Events ISIS - Saudi - Turkey (Daniel 11: 24-27) Final Events to the Abomination (Daniel 11: 28-30) Shiites re-take Persia + America’s Role Begins (Daniel 11: 21-23) soon done done