6-23: Michael tells of Noah and his sons' lives after the flood. They "multiply apace" and labored in the soil. They were also diligent in performing religious sacrifices and lived in joy and peace.
24-47: One of Noah's descendants "of proud ambitious heart" breaks this peace by seizing power. He is Nimrod --"a mighty hunter" of men. He is the ruler under whose leadership the construction of The Tower of Babel is begun.
48-62: God visits the earth, sees the tower, and makes the people all speak a different language so they can't finish the tower. Heaven laughs at man's wasted efforts.
63-78: Adam interrupts story to criticize Nimrod for trying to control others--says no man should have power over another (Milton vs. the hierarchy of kings and Catholics). He also scoffs at the tower's attempt to reach up to Heaven (aspiring out of the proper place).
79-96: Michael agrees but points out that man has not truly been free since the Fall. States that tyrants gain power because man allows other emotions to rule reason.
97-105: Story then turns to Noah's son Ham (who sees his father naked and tells his other brothers to come look). Ham's transgression emphasizes the fact that man will always sin-- worse and worse.
106-119: God will become so disgusted with man's sinfulness that He will set aside one nation as His own -- a nation from one faithful man: Abraham.
120-146: Abraham is called to leave native land (Ur) and head for an unknown land. He leaves his land behind and trusts God to guide him.
147-165: Michael foretells that all nations will be blessed through Abraham - Deliverer will come and bruise the serpent's head. Also tells of 12 tribes that begin with Jacob and his sons.
166-190: Enslavement of Israelites by Egypt. Moses and Aaron become leaders -- try to convince Pharaoh to free them. Pharaoh ignores plagues and warning, hardens his heart against Israel.
191-214: Pharaoh frees Israelites after first-born are killed, then pursues them. Red Sea parts for Moses and his people. Egyptian Army drowns in the Red Sea.
215-244: Israelites begin journey to Canaan. They wander for many years--gain experience in war and establish their government-- based on the Ten Commandments. During this time Moses intercedes to God for the people just as Jesus will one day.
258-269: Arrive in Promised Land. Michael says it would take too long to tell of all the battles--mentions outstanding ones briefly.
270-279: Adam is comforted by Michael's account of things to be-- especially "just Abraham and his seed."
280-284: Adam wants to know why God allows so many rules.
285-306: Michael explains that the law reveals sin, though it can't remove it. Law also provides discipline that will lead to grace.
307-314: Points out that Moses cannot lead people into Canaan because he is a law-giver. Joshua (in Greek = Jesus) will be their new leader. Likewise, Jesus Christ will lead His people to a new Paradise.
315-334: History of Hebrew judges and kings. Mentions David through whom "woman's seed" foretold will rise; this Son will be a king whose reign has no end. David's son Solomon will build permanent temple.
335-344: Bad kings follow, will cause fall of Israel to Babylonians; captive for 70 years.
345-50: Returning from Babylon, people live moderately but not too well; nation re-edified.
351-9: As wealth returns, so does dissatisfaction, first seen in religious community (priests). They seize power and lose it to Romans under whom Christ will be born.
360-71: Christ's birth foretold -- Christmas story.
372-85: Michael pauses; Adam so happy he cries; states that he understands redemption via seed of woman. Adam wants to know when and where Son and Serpent will fight and how Son's heel will be bruised.
386-410: Michael explains that this conflict is not an actual battle; says seed will bring back obedience to God; outlines plan of salvation.
411-19: Michael tells how Jesus will be hated, condemned, hung on cross for mankind's sin.
420-35: Resurrection after 3rd day; ends death for man. This bruises Satan's head (defeats Sin and Death). Temporary death bruises Son's heel.
436-50: Jesus' ascension back to Father, Great Commission to followers, spreading of Gospel.
451-65: Jesus will drag Satan down to Hell in chains, return exalted to Father's side, and judge quick and dead. Heaven will be established on Earth.
466-84: Michael pauses. Adam overjoyed, but can't decide if his sin will be blessing because it results in so much good (felix culpa). He asks Michael who will guide followers after Son's ascension.
485-507: Michael explains promised Comforter, Holy Spirit, who will endue leaders of Church with spiritual gifts.
508-37: After these leader, false teachers will corrupt church, binding freedom and emphasizing rites and rituals (Catholics).
538-51: World will continue to worsen until Christ returns to establish new heaven and earth.
552-73: Adam feels he knows enough, decides simply to obey God.
574-87: Michael agrees, but Adam must add deeds, faith, virtue, patience, temperance, love, to create Paradise within.
588-605: Time for Michael to leave, tells Adam that he has given Eve soothing dreams as she slept, promises Adam they will be fairly happy.
606-9: Michael and Adam leave hill, Adam finds Eve awake and in better spirits.
610-23: Eve tells Adam she knows about all he has seen and feels much better. She pledges to follow wherever he leads. She is comforted by promise of her seed that will crush serpent.
624-44: Cherubim arrive with flaming sword. Michael leads Adam and Eve out of garden. Cherubim guard Eden's gate.
645-9: Adam and Eve walk out hand in hand, shed a few tears, but feel world is all before them.
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