The sentence that God passes on Satan inParadise Lostis framed within the “mysterious terms” of Genesis 3.15:
Between Thee and the Woman I will put
Enmitie, and between thine and her Seed;
Her Seed shall bruise thy head, thou bruise his heel.
To prevent any misunderstanding, Milton himself explains that the prophecy was verified
Saw Satan fall like Lightning down from Heav’n
Prince of the Aire; then rising from his Grave
Spoild Principalities and Powers, triumphd
In op’n shew, and with ascention bright
Captivity led captive through the Aire,...