The Fall’n VI.824-866
This passage begins during the recount of the third day of battle between the angels. God has bee watching the battle for the past two days. He created the angels equally, and thus the battle would never end. He concludes that the only way to end the war is to send his son, so that His glory may win the battle.
Christ rode upon the godless sinners, who, without hope, were lost under the burning wheels of his chariot. His pure fire cast judgment upon them all and shook all that was there except the throne of God. Such thunderous force shook the hope from the enemies to drive them away. So comes the third period.
Christ’s hand, being that of God, held ten thousand thunders in his right. He arrived amongst the foes, putting fear inside each and every one of them. He sent the thunders before him. They knew they were beat; they set down their weapons. He, the highest angel, rode in humility. The foes now wish the mountains would work for them, shielding them from the ire: the fourth period.
The arrows fell with an even flow to every side of the foe. Here Ezekiel’s four are mentioned again. This is referring to the verses that come after Ezekiel 1:15. The four had what seemed to be a structure of wheels: wheel intersecting wheel. The wheels moved in every direction, high and awesome. The wheels were covered in eyes. As the arrows come down upon the foes, the four come once more into view, with eyes on the “living wheels”(VI.846). One “spirit” ruled all of the eyes, which shot fire “among th’ accursed”(VI.848-850). The foes were drained of their strength and vigor. All spirit left them. They were “fall’n”(VI.852). The fifth period comes.
But Christ did not use all of his energy; “yet half his strength he put not forth”(VI.853). He did not want to destroy the angels, only to “root them out of heav’n”(VI. 855). He had raised the angels like a herder, alluding to the herder who takes care of his sheep in the New Testament, yet it is the...