We live, the old Chinese curse supposedly goes, in “interesting times.” As is often the case in turbulent times, Christians tend to watch the skies wondering if perhaps, just perhaps, the End Times outlined in Revelation might be almost upon us.

Some of my illustrations over the last decade involve scenes from the Bible, and several of these feature New Jerusalem descending from the sky; this picture has proved popular with Christian groups and speakers who often ask to use the artwork in PowerPoint presentations, book covers, and so forth.

One early picture I did of New Jerusalem descending over today’s Jerusalem was mostly done in Bryce (back when Bryce was the rendering program to have) and the illustration is embarrassingly crude by today’s standards.

So…. Yesterday I updated the picture (shown above). It’s ready to be used by more Christian groups, and hopefully will be less embarrassing to the artist.

That said, I sometimes would prefer living in slightly less interesting times. Daily barrages of crooked politicians, terrorism, and world catastrophes are wearing on the soul to the point that, as of late, I find myself avoiding newspapers and new shows.

But whatever else one might say, things never get boring.

In the meantime… Watch the skies.

When not contemplating artwork to illustrate the End of the Age, Duncan Long works as a freelance illustrator. His magazine and book cover illustrations have been used by HarperCollins, PS Publishing, Pocket Books, Solomon Press, Fort Ross, Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, and many other publishers and self-publishing authors. See his magazine and book cover illustrations at: DuncanLong.com.

Long’s also has an online gallery of Christian Artwork — including the old version of New Jerusalem.