Sunday, March 19, 2006

Angels and Women first published 1924
Revised by Jim Rizoli 1997


There is a saying, “Truth is stranger than fiction.” In some cases fiction can illuminate the truth.
A number of years ago Mrs. J. G. Smith published a novel entitled Seola. She claims to have been impelled to write it after listening to beautiful music. She made no pretense of knowledge of the Bible. Yet what she wrote was based on the understanding of certain scriptures which made her novel interesting and exciting.
In 1924 the book entitled Angels and Women was published which was a revision of the book Seola. Since both these books are out of print and have been for many years you would be hard pressed to find a copy of either book in any condition today.
The way I came across the Angels and Women book is interesting. My wife and I had the opportunity to provide home care for an elderly woman living in Holliston Massachusetts. Our time living with her was brief due to the fact she would soon be moving out of the area. One day as we were helping her move some items around in her home she directed me to the basement and said there was a box there that I could have. I went down to the basement and came upon an odd shaped slender box that was about two feet high. I opened the box and found a dozen or so royal blue books with a gold title called Angels and Women. As far as I could tell this was the first time these books saw daylight since they were first boxed in 1924. I took the case of books home and put it on my porch, where they stayed until it was time to do some spring cleaning. Not being really interested in the subject matter at the time, I took a couple books out of the case and threw the rest of them away. Nothing like making a rare book even rarer! Eventually I got around to reading the book and was truly fascinated by it. I said to myself that if I ever had the time I would like to revise and republish the book for others to read and enjoy. That day is here, I hope you enjoy it.
What is the book about?

This book presents an insiders view, of what life might of been like, from the creation of Adam and Eve, to the great flood of Noah's Day, where the struggle between good and evil began. The principal characters in the novel are Satan, fallen angels and women. Angels are heavenly spirit messengers who were directly created by God to carry out His will and purpose in behalf of humans. There was a time when all angels were good. Then the time came when many of them allied themselves with Satan and rebelled against God and became evil or “fallen angels.” The Bible story of fallen angels or evil spirits is briefly told as follows:
Lucifer, once a good spirit being, with great knowledge, authority and power, was not satisfied with his appointed privilege of oversight of the earth and the things upon it. In order to satisfy his ambitious nature for greater authority, he rebelled against his creator and lifegiver Almighty God. Not stopping there, and wanting complete control of the earth and all on it, Satan, (his new name meaning opposer) deceived the first woman Eve to follow his course of rebellion causing her to sin, thus taking on the second part of his name Devil, meaning slanderer. Adam, the first man and her husband, joined her in the transgression. They were both expelled from the Garden of Eden and sentenced to death. Adam lived on for nine hundred and thirty years, while Eve died some time before that. During that time there were born to Adam and Eve a number of children. Sixteen hundred years later, among these descendants of Adam and Eve, were Noah and his family.
God had permitted the angels, prior to the flood, to have supervision of the people on the earth. (Hebrews 2:3) These angels had power to materialize in human form and mingle among the human race. The materialized angels, called “sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them as wives of all which they chose.” (Genesis 6:2) A mongrel race resulted from these fallen angels with the offspring of Adam. These filled the earth with wickedness and violence. Their wickedness became so great that the Lord Jehovah brought upon the world the great deluge that destroyed all of this mongrel race.
The sons of God who succumbed to the temptations and thus became the fallen angels are alluded to as “Devas” in this book; their offspring as “Darvands.”
The fallen angels or evil spirits were not destroyed in the flood, but imprisoned in the darkness of the atmosphere near the earth. Upon this point the inspired words of the Bible are: “For God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment.” (2 Peter 2:4) “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.” (Jude 6.)
Since the flood these evil angels have had no power to materialize, yet they have had the power and exercised it, by communicating with human beings through willing victims known as spirit mediums. Thus hundreds of thousands of honest hearted people have been deceived into believing that their dead friends or relatives are alive and that the living can talk with the dead.
These angels have also used the occult to lead astray many young people. We are starting to see the horrific results of that today. What at times can start out as "innocent fun" ends up with some deadly results.
All those familiar with the Bible teaching concerning spiritism, will read this book with the utmost interest because it shows the methods employed by Satan and the wicked angels to debauch and overthrow the human race. With this information we can become better equipped to protect ourselves from these evil influences.

Jim Rizoli