The cover has been completed! Here is the final version of the book cover. And below that you can read what the symbolism means. Read the previous Evolution of a Book Cover posts: Part I, Part II and Part III. Plus the vision that started it all.
In the final edit just about everything was tweaked.
What it all Means
This book is a revelation from the Lord that took more than 25 years to write. A revelation about the book of Revelation and understanding of Bible Prophecy. After 10 years of being in lock down (or the wilderness, if you prefer), not being allowed to share these teachings because it was not time. The Lord has declared that the time is NOW! This book is important, but even more important is the message He has called me to share in His timing. This book is God's calling card, the evidence that God has sent me and the importance of the message He has given me to share in these last few minutes of these last days. All things must be restored before His return and this book is a restoration reserved for the last days to be released for His Church to prepare them for His return. This book is just the beginning of the revelation of what God has sent me to share.
On December 14, 2011 (click here) the Lord gave me a vision of what this book cover should look like and a description of the cover (click here). Since the Lord did not bring anyone into my life to help in this matter I took to the task to create it as best I could. Here is how the Lord explained what the different elements in the cover represent.
The center of the earth is Israel and that is where the focus of the final battle for this planet is going to be fought. The two swords represent the two sides in conflict - truth and deception. The sword on the left is deception, it may look like the sword on the right, but it is cold steel with no life or strength. The end of its power is seen as the evening approaches from the lower left. Notice that the sword of steel is under the golden sword of truth on the right as truth is going to be victorious over deception. The golden sword of truth is on fire from the Holy Spirit giving life and strength to the sword. The blood on the edge of the sword tells of the victories won over the enemy deception, while the lack of any marks on the steel sword represent it failure to overcome the sword of truth, which is the Word of God. Both of these are in battle as the last grains of time run out of the hourglass beneath them. The last few grains of sand flowing through the hourglass tells us that time is up, there is no more time left. The end of this age has come and a new age will soon begin. Above the clouds the sun is rising giving light to a new day about to begin. As the new day arrives a gold trumpet sounds bringing forth those called into glorious resurrection in the rapture. The man coming out of the clouds is of a glorified man who has just been raptured. It is not a depiction of Jesus or any angel. The position of the trumpet repeats the importance of its message. Coming through the word signifies the importance of being prepared.
The next step will be to publish the book on Kindle, then other e-publishers after that.
I look forward to sharing the other insights that the Lord has called me to.
Live in God's Peace
The drama of the accident is mostly over. We received the insurance payout today and spent the entire day looking and waiting on the vehicle we choose. We left the house this morning around 10:00 AM after the insurance check arrived and headed for the bank to convert that into cash. We were not sure if the bank would allow that, but we had favor and everything was approved for getting cash. We then headed out to three different dealers to look at, test drive and negotiate a price on the vehicle we were going to purchase. We finally settled on a 2001 White Ford Taurus, which had been given a complete overhaul, new tires and was in great condition. The best thing is that most of the minor things wrong with the car were fixed by the dealer and the one item they couldn't fixed they knocked $100 off the price of the car. Once the car was ready we returned the rental, picked up our new Ford Taurus and got home right around 6:00 PM. Considering that the previous car was also a 2001 Taurus and that there were certain things that needed work, this crash actually ended up giving us a car in better condition than the one previously had. For an equal trade I think we did pretty good. Thank you Lord.
As for the book cover, this accident has been a major cause for delays in getting that done. The cover is almost complete only one more element to work on with a special effect, which requires some learning and experimentation.
Live in God's Peace.
I'm almost done with the book cover. There have been a lot of delays due to the car accident and the fact that we need to purchase another car as ours was totaled. Here is what I have done with this next phase of the book cover.
This phase is completed. It is really looking a lot more dynamic as the final images are coming into place.
Stage two of developing the cover proved challenging. Adding the swords presented a lot of obstacles that required a lot of studying and watching videos on how to create the desired effects. To begin with the chosen swords do not match what was given in the vision (click here) as the hand guard is much more decorative. However, I knew the challenge of coloring one of the swords with a true gold color would be extremely difficult and when I saw these swords the hardest part was already provided.
The next step was to separate these two swords and restore the missing segments caused by the other sword laying on top. This resulted in two image files, one for the gold sword and one for the steel sword. The black background was transformed into a transparency.
The next step was to flip the gold sword and apply the flame effect that was learned from my studies. I had to rework the techniques I learned as they were done on black background and when I attempted to transform to transparent it fell apart. So, I had to experiment until I got the color I wanted on a transparent background. Not easy. The final result is acceptable, but I might make it more transparent later. I'm thinking of removing the flame from the very tip of the sword where it is crossed over the steel sword. The lower edge of the sword has a slight bloody effect added to it. I am thinking I would like to make it more and darker red.
The next step involved the steel sword, which proved itself a challenge separating if from the background, as the gold sword gave no problems. It was then flipped and positioned. No effects were added to that sword, but it required a lot of plixelated editing to fix several defects caused by isolating the sword. The clouds were reworked to cover more area behind the globe.
Finally, notice that the outer edge on the hourglass from the previous Part 1 (click here) has been fixed and the gradient of the background adjusted to match the colors around the sun burst. However, I want to do more work on the lower left corner as it is still not dark enough.
The next step will be the glorified man in the upper left corner.
What do you think so far?
I thought some of you would enjoy seeing the process of making a book cover. Since I have not been able to find anyone to do the artwork for me I am being forced to do it myself. While I do have experience in working with graphic images, the level of manipulation required for this project is beyond my experience, so I am having to do a lot of reading and experimenting. To begin with I needed a graphical editing program powerful enough to do the job and choose GIMP because it is one of the most powerful editors out there and it is also FREE. You can go to their website at www.gimp.org. Since I am now restricted to photographs to do the level of quality I want, I was required find a source of photos that was both legal and not too expensive. The best place I found was Big Stock Photos (click here).
To begin with I created the canvas onto which all the images are going to be layered onto like several sheets of transparent paper laid on top of each other. The canvas has a gradient image getting darker toward the lower left side. It also sets the size and the resolution that all the other images are going to reflect. I then needed to find a photo of the earth centered on Israel, clouds with a sun and an hourglass.
Take note of the background of each picture. All of these required editing on several levels, but most notable was the creation of a transparent background. These three images were edited and overlaid to create the work in progress cover you see below. The clouds were duplicated three times, transparency applied, flipped, positioned and cloned to look like one complete cloud. The hourglass still shows its outer boundary, which needs further work. There is still a lot of work to be done. To read the description of what the final look is like read this post. Due to the fact that I am using photographic images instead of a graphic artist, it won't be a perfect match, but it will be really close. I have been able to find all the required images, except the golden trumpet, which I believe can be created from scratch using GIMP after the title is positioned.
I took the car in to begin the collision repair work today and picked up a rental to use in the mean time. Well, as it turned out the rental office didn't have any smaller cars in their inventory at the time so they gave me a Nissan Armada SUV, which is tricked out the 9's with voice control and rear view video camera, etc. It even has running board so mother can get in easily. They told me that they were expecting smaller cars to arrive later in the day and they would come by to swap out the SUV. Well it's late in day and I called the car rental to find out if they were coming to give me a smaller car. He said they were really swamped, renting cars and if I wanted I could keep the SUV until I returned it for the same price as a standard size car. Get this SUV rents for $100/day and we are only paying $26/day of which the insurance company is covering $20 of that, so with taxes, etc this tricked out SUV is going to cost us about $10/day.
Thank you Jesus!
_Took mother to the ER today. But everything is great. She had mentioned some heartburn this morning before I went to the men's breakfast. But later got a call from Monica about mother complaining about other symptoms, which could indicate a heart attack. So I headed home and took her over to the ER. They did 2 EKG's, X-Rays, blood tests, etc, and after waiting for more than an hour the doctor said everything looked great. So, it was just a coincidence that all those symptoms appeared at the same time. Monica came by the ER and took mother to the Ladies Tea afterward and will then bring her home. We have had a very busy week. Just another attack from the enemy.
The enemy is getting scare of what the Lord is doing. Yesterday a car pulled out in front of us so fast it was impossible to miss. We hit the other car in the rear driver side passenger door. The hood of our car is locked down and driver side fender has been pushed back where it make it difficult to open the drivers door. The police and insurance were called and today I take it over to the collision repair to take a look at it.
I was planning another teaching to be posted this weekend, but due to the accident that is going to be delayed.
God is good and is going to turn this around into a blessing.
Live in God's peace.