As a former Presbyterian, I’m usually afraid to enter into any forum discussion about any “predestination”, but I’ll give this one a shot.
If memory serves, I think the prophet Isaiah was the first to tell of the one who would betray the Son Of Man.
As for that being “predestiny” for Judas, I can’t say. God has the distinct advantage of being able to thumb through the pages of the past, present, and future and know what we do.
So the question is this- because He knows what we will do, does that mean that the outcome wasn’t our free will? (or in this case, the will of Judas.)
Does it necessarily mean that Judas had no choice, or that God knew exactly what Judas’ choice would be since he knows the beginning and the end, future, past, and present?
These are questions that really can’t be tackled by our limited knowledge. We are handcuffed by the concept of time, but that doesn’t mean that God is.
I just happen to think that those who are sold out one way or another on this predestination debate tend to miss the big picture. (And, Montie, I’m not saying that you are one of those)- but I know from being a former Protestant that its a debate that often gets ugly and never can be settled, at least on this side of eternity.
I remember my old Presby church- there were hard feelings between Calvanistic Presbyterians (the Pro-Predestination folks) versus some Presbyterians of the Armenian persuasion (the free-will folks.) I found out that if I got involved, it only led to headaches. The thing is, scripturally, a case can be made for both predestination AND free-will. (Most Calvanists point to the passage where it is said that “God hated Esau before he was born”.
The Armenians would then counter with “yeah, but if pre-destination is the only thing, why bother with the great commission if only the chosen will come forth anyway?”
There’s no clear cut answer to predestination vs. free will, but there are tons of opinions and “best guesses”.