Book 12 Summary

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Michael notices that Adam is wearied by these visions and decides to tell him the story rather than showing it to him from this point onwards. He describes Nimrod’s attempt to build the Tower of Babel and says that mortals will grow ever more sinful until God turns away from humanity, with the single exception of Abraham. Abraham’s descendants will become the Israelites, who will be enslaved by the Egyptians and then led out of slavery by Moses and Aaron. God will help the Israelites to escape from Egypt, first sending plagues on the Egyptians and then parting the Red Sea for them.

Michael describes how the Israelites will wander in the desert and how Moses will receive the Ten Commandments from God on Mount Sinai. Despite this, the Israelites will continue to sin. They will enter the Promised Land of Canaan, but their sins will bring God’s judgment down upon them in the form of attacks from their enemies. One of the Kings of Israel will be called David, and the Messiah who is to save the people of Israel will be one of his descendants.

Adam is eager to hear about the Messiah’s battle with Satan, but Michael says it will not be fought with arms and violence. The Son will be born of a virgin and will take upon himself the punishment for Adam’s sin by dying on the cross. After three days, he will be resurrected and ascend into heaven, vanquishing Satan, Sin, and Death. On Judgment Day, he will return to resurrect those who have chosen to follow God and send to hell those who have not. Adam is delighted by this but worries that those who follow God will be persecuted. Michael confirms that they will and that even God’s Church will often be dominated by evil men. Earth will always be corrupt until the return of the Messiah on Judgment Day.

Adam says that, having heard all this, he has all the knowledge he needs. It was foolish to seek for more, and he will now strive only to live a virtuous life in obedience to God. Michael replies that this means Adam has attained wisdom and will possess a Paradise within himself, though he must leave Paradise. He sends Adam to wake Eve, who is already awake, having dreamed of the Messiah. Michael leads Adam and Eve through the gate of Paradise, and the two of them wander out into the world.

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Book 11 Summary