Apocalypse VFX

Images with visual effects represent scenes from the Apocalypse or book of Revelation. Read about the graphics below. Buy the Illustrated Apocalypse from Amazon with the menu, below.

Lake of Fire Lake of Fire
Burning City Burning City
Golden Cup of Abominations Golden Cup Full of Abominations
Kinnor or Harp on Sea of Glass with Fire Harp of God Sea of Glass with Fire
Door in Heaven Door Open in Heaven
Fire Filled Censer Censer Fire Filled

About the Graphics

Each image was prepared with an animation at BibleWithGames.com. See the Animated Apocalypse.

Lake of Fire

The lake of fire was prepared with 3ds Max. 3ds Max features used to create the lake of fire include volume fog and three fire effects.

And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever (Revelation 20:10 KJV).

Burning City

The burning city graphic was created with 3ds Max and After Effects. The 3ds Max fire effect wouldn't render with the large number of vertices required for meshes of many city buildings. Therefore two renderings were prepared. One rendering of the city and another rendering of the fire. Both renderings use the same camera and path.

For each rendering, an animated series of frames were prepared. The final still image was selected from the set of frames composited with After effects.

First with 3ds Max, render animation frames, with an alpha transparent background, of the city. Second with 3ds Max, render animation frames of an animated fire, mapped to a sphere. Third composite the frames with After Effects. Last apply Wave Warp and Gaussian Blur effect controls to the city only.

Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her (Revelation 18:8 KJV).

Golden Cup

The Golden Cup was prepared as an animation with 3ds Max and After Effects. One frame of the animation appears here.

In 3ds Max the cup was mapped with a gold reflective material, shiny highlights, and a leaf like bump decal. Creation of visual effects involved adding two fire effects. During the animation, fire effect parameters change, including flame detail, phase, and flame color.

The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries (Revelation 17:4 KJV).

Harp of God

The 3D model represents a Kinnor or harp, on a sea of glass mingled with fire. In the Bible, the word for Kinnor is often translated as harp. Kinnors are a type of ancient Jewish stringed instrument, mentioned in the Old Testament forty two times.

The Kinnor was modeled, mapped, and rendered with 3ds Max, from a set of photographs. The sea of glass mingled with with fire visual effect, used 3ds Max fire effect, reflective material, and wave materials.

And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God (Revelation 15:2 KJV).

Door in Heaven

The 3ds Max fire feature was used to create fire on the door and clouds in the background.

The door was modeled after the Messiah Gate, also known as the Golden Gate or Eastern Gate, on the eastern side of the Temple Mount. A set of photographs provided reference material for the Messiah Gate.

Jewish tradition believes the Shekhinah or Divine Presence appeared through the Eastern Gate, and will appear again when the Annointed One comes (Ezekial 44:1-3). The Annointed One is the Messiah.

After this I looked, and behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hearafter... (Revelation 4:1)

Fire Filled Censer

Visual effects were prepared with 3ds Max's fire effect and violet colored light. The still image presented here was taken from a frame of animation.

And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake (Revelation 8:5).
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