About Ivan Foster

Ivan Foster is a recently retired minister in the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster. Until November 2009 he was minister of Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church. He continues to preach and write as the Lord gives opportunity.
Ivan has written 405 articles so far, you can find them below.

News review for week ending Friday 13th July 2018

News review for week ending Friday 13th July 2018.

SF still run by unelected individuals, says Martin (Fianna Fáil leader)

Defence Secretary blasted over apparent amnesty suggestion for IRA terrorists

Ruth Dudley Edwards: We can’t allow terrorists to be seen as the moral equals of legitimate state forces

Cautious DUP welcome for Chequers Brexit proposal

In the light of David Davis’ resignation and criticism of the proposal, one wonders just how much the DUP understand about Brexit!!!!

DUP ‘unhappy’ with aspects of May’s Chequers Brexit plan

Oh! They must have read my comment above!!

Brexit Secretary David Davis resigns

David Davis – the maverick minister

David Davis quits as Brexit Secretary in major blow to May

David Davis warns UK giving away too much in Brexit talks

Brexit LIVE: May faces the BRINK as Brexit FURY rises – new Brexit secretary NAMED at 11am

Theresa May fighting for survival as ANOTHER minister resigns with David Davis over her ‘dangerous’ Brexit plan

Dominic Raab replaces David Davis as Brexit secretary

FE Smith: Ulster Covenant advocate who was born on the Twelfth of July

DUP MP Simpson resigns from Orange Order following affair allegations

Girl ‘jumped to her death after beating by nun at Nazareth House’

Orange Order in Scotland condemns attack on priest who was ‘spat on’ during parade

Belfast bonfire lit hours after court order on size

Thuggish behaviour shames the name of ‘Unionism’!

IRA’s Docklands bomb was our life sentence, says daughter as ‘forgotten’ victim Zaoui dies

“Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked; for there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out,” Proverbs 24:19-20.

Anger after woman’s car is torched ‘because she was flying Union flag’

This is the fallacious ‘peace’ the DUP and the other unionists who supported ‘power-sharing’ have delivered to Ulster!!

Hijackings and ‘pipe bomb blast’ amid bonfire-linked violence in NI

Bus and cars set alight as police warn of UVF orchestrated violence

Thugs target Protestant enclave in a second weekend of Derry rioting

Shots fired in Derry in ‘bid to murder police’

‘This was a blatant bid to murder police officers’

Youth sets himself on fire while trying to set alight hijacked van in Derry

Trouble flares for a fifth straight night in Londonderry

Dissident republicans blamed as trouble flares in Derry for fifth night

Derry trouble: Bombs thrown at police in night of violence

Police come under ‘prolonged and sustained attack’ as trouble
continues in Bogside

Dissident republicans guilty of child abuse, says Police Federation

Someone will be killed if Derry rioting continues: Arlene Foster

Police and Protestants once again targeted by Republicans. The old animosities just do not go away! All this is reminiscent of the beginning of the troubles in 1968. It is born of a hatred of Protestantism, all things British and has no justification whatever now or 50 years ago despite Sinn Fein’s lying propaganda!!

Big Bang and evolution are compatible with the idea of God: Pope

Once again it is the Pope versus God! His ‘pronouncement’ does not, cannot destroy the witness of God’s Word, which is repeatedly substantiated by unblinded scientists!
“For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it,” Exodus 20:11.
“. . . the beginning of the creation which God created,” Mark 13:19.
“And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: they shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; and as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail,” Hebrews 1:10-12.

Presbyterian protest letter ‘doesn’t help,’ says minister

In all the exchanges between the parties within the Presbyterian Church in Ireland warring over the issue of ‘sodomy’ and related topics it is to be noted that little or no reference is made to the Word of God, the ‘only infallible rule of faith and practice’! WHY???

Jimmy Carter says ‘Jesus would approve of gay marriage’ but not abortions

Jimmy Carter is 93 years of age. One therefore can expect the occasional daft utterance from him, especially when he was prone to making such frequently when he was much younger!

However, on this occasion he is half right and half blasphemous!

The Lord Jesus condemned sodomy and could not therefore approve of sodomite marriage. The Saviour endorsed all that was written in the Old Testament (Matthew 5:17) with its references to the wickedness of sodomy but also He particularly indicated that the citizens of Sodom would again face God’s judgment on the ‘day of judgment’. “But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee,” Matthew 11:24.

He reiterated and restated the Genesis account of the destruction of Sodom. “But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all,” Luke 17:29.

So too did Peter and Jude especially refer to God’s judgment on these evil cities. (2 Peter 2:6, Jude verse 7.)

Poor old Jimmy Carter is but one of the many deceived by the devil on this matter.

The climax of the ages, Pt2

Scripture: “And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up,” Daniel 8:23.

Stream or download The climax of the Ages, Pt 2

Please note you can listen to Part 1 of this message here.

This age will end “when the transgressors are come to the full.”


1. God at present is restraining man’s rebelliousness. Zech 5:8-11, 2 Thess 2:3-10. The devil has always been under the restraint of God but we must not think that Rev 20:1-6 is referring to it. That is a future complete and utter restraint of Satan during the 1000 year reign of Christ after His return in glory.

The partial restraint in earlier times is seen when the  Lord confused the languages of men so that “they left off to build the city,” Genesis 11:8. The flood of Noah and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah likewise acted as a brake upon man’s bold defiance of God. This will continue until God has accomplished His eternal purpose. “God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name,” Acts 15:14. Then God will lift the restraint and allow evil free course in the final days of this age. 2 Thess 2:6-7, Rev 7:1-3.

{A full explanation of this subject may be found in my online book, “The Shadow of the Antichrist.”
Move your cursor to the top of the page and a page counter will appear. Type in the page number 74. That should take you my comments on the early verses of Rev 7. You can download the book freely.}

2. Man is heading, under the promptings of the devil, to the place of attempting to supplant God. “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God,” 2 Thess 2:3-4.
Such a desire and ambition has shown itself on many occasions. Isa 14:12-15; Eze 28:1-10. A/c referred to  – Daniel 7:8, 25, 8:10, 25

3. These truths were taught by the apostles. 2 Thess 2:5. They must be heard again to prepare Christians for the final days.


1. God’s Word has been replaced in the ‘Church’. Man’s notions and theories, “moving with the times” have become the authority in religious matters.

2. Immorality has become morality. “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20. That is what is happening in the churches where once the gospel was preached.

3. Unbelief and defiance of God have become the new creed of modern ‘Christianity’! Arlene Foster and the DUP have evidently embraced this creed.

Arlene Foster and Clifford Stafford at GAA match

Sabbath-breaking and overtures to the most wicked, the sodomites, is the order of the day. The DUP will most certainly pay a high price for such folly! Shame on those Christians who have aided her in her folly such as Clifford Stafford, a professing Christian and attender at Martyrs Memorial FP Church and the other FPs within the DUP ranks who have chosen to keep quiet! We agree with what Councillor John Finlay said when he rebuked her Sabbath-breaking but she went on to violate the Word of God in an even more serious way when, a few days later, she attended the sodomite celebration in Stormont building, a gathering one of her party members, Paula Bradley, co-sponsored .

Action is required of Christians who are in partnership with Mrs Foster in the DUP and who therefore must share in the shame and guilt of what she has done.

(A message preached by Rev Ivan Foster in Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church in two parts on July 8th & 9th, 2018.

Tasting Christ

Scripture: “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him,” Psalm 34:8.

Stream or download Tasting Christ

In verse 6, the Psalmist gives his testimony. How gloriously simple is God’s way of salvation — A CALL. As he testifies of God’s goodness, the Psalmist considers others and pleads with them earnestly in verse 8. It presents a picture and and an explanation! It is our text.


1. Most people have a religion which is very superficial.  Many take the name of Christ upon their lips but they have never tasted of Him. “Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men,” Isaiah 29:13.

2. Just as our knowledge of food is limited until we put it in our mouths so we can never know the sweetness of Christ until we receive Him into our hearts. Taste buds tell us what food is like. The taste buds of our heart alone can tell us the sweetness of Jesus. “As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste,” Song/Solomon 2:3. Many reject Christ yet have no knowledge of how sweet He is.

3. Christ is set forth in the gospel for sinners to taste.  Isaiah 55:1-2,  “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.” The gospel sermon is like a sample’s counter displaying Christ and inviting sinners taste to freely taste.


Here is the reason for tasting.

1. You can never know the goodness of God until you taste Christ. Queen of Sheba, “And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom. Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard,” I Kings 10:6-7.

2. Christ is the receptacle which contains all the goodness of God. “All spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ,” Eph 1:3.
“Redemption that is in Christ Jesus,” Rom 3:24. “The love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord,” Rom 8:39. “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ,” II Cor 2:14. “Our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus,” Gal 2:4.

3. As the food tasted is assimilated into our bodies so by tasting Christ we spiritual assimilate Him. We become one with Christ by receiving Him by faith. Read John 6:51-57.


“Those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: these are the things which defile a man,” Matt 15:18-20. Man’s sinful nature is breathed out daily in his actions and words. The stench of sin is everywhere. When Christ is received He cleanses, purifies, purges and perfumes the life.
“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ,”  2 Cor 2:14-15.


The old man Barzillai, “I am this day fourscore years old: and can I discern between good and evil? can thy servant taste what I eat or what I drink? can I hear any more the voice of singing men and singing women? wherefore then should thy servant be yet a burden unto my lord the king?” II Sam 19:35. Now is the time for tasting. Eccles. 12:1, 5.

Surely I come quickly, Pt2

Part 1

Here is the substance of the open-air meeting, held July 1st on Kilskeery’s village green following the evening service. We hope to have a recording made of the continuation of this vital subject in the next open-air, which in the will of the Lord, will take place next Lord’s Day evening. The preacher was Rev Ivan Foster.

Scripture: “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus,”  Rev 22:20.

This is the third time in this chapter that the Saviour states this glorious truth. Verse 7: “Behold, I come quickly.” And and verse 12: “And, behold, I come quickly.”

Let there be no doubt about this matter – JESUS IS COMING AGAIN!

Please note this great truth.

1. The last words of a person are always important. Great respect and honour is given to a person’s “last will and testimony” for they are their last words.
Christ’s very last words would have men know that He IS coming again.

2. That He repeats these words adds importance to them. How the Saviour wants us all, especially the Christian, never to forget that He will return one day. The Christian in turn is charged with testifying to the world of His return.
There is very, very little consideration given to this truth, even amongst Christians, yet the last words in the Bible are all about Christ coming back.

I stand opposite a graveyard tonight. Often at the open grave these words have been read. “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you,” John 14:1-2. But this sweet passage does not end there. The next verse declares: “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also,” John 14:3.
Little thought is ever given to these wonderful words. Please think about this great event which affect us all and be prepared for it.

3. His second coming will differ greatly from His first coming.
a. The Second Time He will come Visibly. Jerusalem and Herod did not know that the “King of the Jews” had come. The shepherds would not have know had not the angels told them. Only Mary and Joseph knew about the coming of the Messiah.
But it will not be so at His second coming!
“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen,” Revelation 1:7.

b. The Second Time He will come Gloriously. How mean were the surroundings of the manager in which Christ was laid the first time. But His second coming will be marked by a splendour and glory the like of which this world has never seen before.
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory,” Luke 21:25-27.

c. The Second Time He will come Triumphantly. During His earthly ministry, the Saviour was the subject of man’s verbal and physical abuse. The events that led up to His cross were marked by the Lord Jesus being humiliated by men. “As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men,” Isaiah 52:14. “For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. . . . . He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.” Isaiah 53:2-3, 7-9.

How different it will when He comes again!

“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS,” Revelation 19:11-16.
Tell me, have you ever thought about this wonderful event that lies in the future, and maybe not in the too distant future. Have you made preparation for that day.

Matthew 22, in the parable of the Marriage of the King’s Son speaks of one who was not properly prepared for the event. “Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.

And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: and he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:8-14.

If we would be ready for Christ’s return we need to now don the spotless robe of Christ’s righteousness which alone will fit us for His glorious presence when He returns.

Part 2

Stream or download Jesus is coming again, Part 2


1. God’s truthfulness assures us Christ will come again. “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began,” Titus 1:2.
“But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up,” 2 Peter 3:8-10.

2. The fulfilment of the promise of His first coming shows that. “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,” Gal 4:4.

3. The justice of God assures us that Christ will come again. Mankind cannot go on defying God more and more. “To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him,” Jude 1:15.

4. We are given pictures of the day in prophecy. Prophecy is history written before it happens! We are given many wonderful details about Christ’s return. 1 Thess 4:15-18.  What is a comfort to Christians ought to be a warning to any not saved!