EAST ALTON — Rosewood Heights Community Church Pastor Ron Wenzel has spent more than 10 years delving into the word of God and the world of angels and demons in preparation for his next book, “Angels, Demons and the Unseen World.”
“Instead of learning about angels in fragments as we do sometimes in church, I’m trying to tell it as a story from the beginning,” Wenzel said. “The Bible tells the story of God, of people, but it also tells the story of angels. This book is kind of introductory; I hope to have a second book out by the beginning of the year that will tell the deeper aspect of angels, what they look like, what they can do and their powers. This first book of angels is the story that the Bible tells, just with a focus on angels, demons, good and evil.”
Wenzel’s approach to the history of angels spans the creation of the universe, the fall of Satan and the end of the world. In “Angels, Demons and the Unseen World,” Wenzel begins the story through the eyes and thoughts of Lucifer from the moment he became aware of his own existence. Through his desire to rule Earth and its animals and people, namely Eve, Lucifer began his transformation from an angel of power to a demon of disobedience, dissolution and destruction.
Wenzel said angels and demons play a huge role throughout people’s lives. In good times and in bad moments, angels are in humans’ paths, whether we sense them or not.
“One thing that really surprised me the more I learned about angels is that they have their hand in the weather,” Wenzel said. “What I’ve learned has changed the way I look at the world around me. They cause the natural disasters, but they rescue people in the middle of those disasters as well.”
In the aftermath of the May 22, 2011, Joplin tornado, stories of heroic efforts and miracles of survival began to surface. Dozens of survivors began to whisper about “butterfly people” who protected them during the storm.
“I drove a group to Joplin to help with relief efforts following the tornado,” Wenzel said. “While I was there, we talked to survivors who made it through the storm. An older woman said she was hiding in a closet in the middle of her house. She said that while the tornado was tearing their home apart, she and her granddaughter both described a butterfly person. It appeared as a person, but had wings that were colorful like a butterfly. There were reports of this all over Joplin. There are always going to be experiences that people just can’t explain.”
Wenzel used the analogy of a computer to describe how angels work for God throughout the world. If God were a computer, angels would be the operating system — each with its own special function.
Wenzel is working on the next book in his Angels and Demons series, “Angels: Our Strange Neighbors” and is anticipating its release in late 2015 or early 2016. Whereas “Angels, Demons and the Unseen World” tells the story of angels, the next book will go into more detail about the appearance of angels, their powers, guardian angels, heaven and hell and if humans become angels when they die.
Wenzel’s books can be purchased through Amazon as well as his fictional writing under the pen name of Max Zero. “Angels, Demons and the Unseen World” is slated to hit Amazon’s shelves Sept. 20.