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by John Milton
God Timeline and Summary
Book 3 opens with God. He begins by addressing his son and other angels, telling them all about Satan's malicious plans. He knows Satan will succeed in his attempts to ruin mankind. He'll forgive man eventually because it won't be entirely his fault. He says he created mankind, the angels, everybody free to make their own decisions. He asks if anybody is willing to become mortal and die for man's sins. The Son volunteers, and God makes him his regent. He observes Satan mustering a rebellion in response to the power he gives His Son. When Abdiel returns, he tells him he's made the more difficult but the correct decision. He orders Gabriel and Michael to destroy the rebel angels in battle. He sees the battle from his throne, and tells His Son to mount his (God's) chariot and send the rebel angels to Hell. After the battle, he decides to create another world, in order to make up for the angels that Satan took with him to Hell. He makes His son the executive of his creative powers, which the Son uses to create the world. After the Fall, he speaks from his "secret cloud" and tells the angels not to be "dismayed." Then, he sends his Son down to execute justice on Adam and Eve. He observes Sin and Death wreaking havoc in Paradise. He receives Adam and Eve's prayers via the Son. He forgives mankind, but says they still have to leave Paradise. He says he wants to address all his angels and explain to them his decisions. He orders Michael to go down to earth and banish Adam and Eve from Paradise. He also tells him to reveal to Adam what will happen in the future.