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.
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Love growing cold

Scripture: “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold,” Matthew 24:12.

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The word ‘many’ appears a number of times in the verses prior to our text.
Vvs. 5, 10, 11. It also appears in verse 30 only there it is translated by the word ‘great’. That helps us understand just what the Saviour is saying of the last days.

A GREAT NUMBER of deceivers will come and will deceive a GREAT NUMBER of people, verse 5.

A GREAT NUMBER will be offended as a result of the great persecution, verse 10.

A GREAT NUMBER of false prophets will succeed in deceiving many, verse 11.

The result of all this deception, persecution and offence  is a GREAT NUMBER of believers will grow cold in their love for Christ and His cause!

I. SURELY WE ALL SEE THE ABOUNDING OF INIQUITY TAKING PLACE TODAY.
The word “iniquity” means ‘the overthrowing of the law’. I need hardly illustrate that such has been happening before our eyes.
The word “abound” means “to multiply”. Acts 6:1, 7, 9:31, 12:24. This how this age started but it will end with wickedness abounding. The tide of blessing will go out!

1 The vilest of sins, outlawed by God, have been legalised by men! The world we live in has an utterly different opinion of right and wrong from that of 50 years ago.

2 The level of tolerance amongst believers for such sin has risen! This is alarming! Christians today tolerate the intolerable. John 2:13-17, Gal 4:18.

3 It is accepted without a protest from those who once protested. The FPC is very silent now where once it was very vocal. Our pulpits rang with challenges against ecumenism and modernism. Not so much any longer.

II. IN SUCH AN ATMOSPHERE, ‘WAXING COLD’ WILL TAKE PLACE.
I need hardly illustrate that such has been happening before our eyes. We see it in the:
Attendance at our church services.
Participation in our prayer meetings.
Lack of interest in a carrying out the great commission of Christ.

1. The words “shall wax cold” carry the meaning of “growing cool by blowing.” Something that we all do with our porridge, soup or tea! Look at Rev 12:14-16 and see an example of the devil seeking blowing upon the people of God to “cool” them and turn them from the truth.

2. Cooling is taking place all around us, aye and maybe within us! The cries of the wicked fills the air and creates a cooling wind.

3. It has happened before. Rev 3:14-20. It leads to a withdrawing by the Lord and a deafness and insensitivity to that withdrawal amongst Christians.
Can it be that the Saviour is withdrawing from us?

III. IT CAN ONLY BE REMEDIED BY HEEDING THE SAVIOUR’S WORDS.
Rev 3:14-18.

1. Recognise the offence such a thing is to Christ. 15-16.

2. Recognise the sinful thinking that has led to such a state. 17.

3. Respond to His counsel. 18-19. It is a call “to do business with Christ.” “Buy – be in the market place.” Christ was engaged in “His Father’s Business.”  “Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” Luke 2:49.

4. Rejoice in the Saviour’s promises and look for their fulfilment. 20-21.

Let us seek to be overcomers again.

Surely I come quickly, Pt3

Scripture: “Surely I come quickly,” Revelation 22:20

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III. NOTHING SHALL DELAY CHRIST’S RETURN

The words “I come quickly” carries the meaning, “I will come without delay.”  This world is presently enjoying “its day”! But the Lord will yet have His DAY. Time is not considered by God as men count time. “For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night,” Psalm 90:4. “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,” 2 Peter 3:8.

1. It is an appointed day. “Behold, the day of the LORD cometh,” Zechariah 14:1. “For the day of the LORD is at hand,” Zeph 1:7. “The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly,” Zeph 1:14.

2. It is a day known only to God. “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only,” Matthew 24:36.

3. It will dawn. It is written up in God’s calendar and that appointment will be kept! “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: for the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” Rev 6:15-17.

They cry to the mountains to cover them, to shelter them from the wrath of the Lamb but it is in vain! There is only one things that will cover us, protect us from the wrath of God.
Heed Exodus 12:12-13. “For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.” Please note the words: “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.” The blood of the lamb provided shelter. It of course picture the blood of the Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus Christ. The sinners only hope is to get under the blood of Christ and thus have his sins forgiven eternally.

May you heed these words tonight.

News review for week ending Friday 20th July 2018

News review for week ending Friday 20th July 2018.

“And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he (the Lord) doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?” Daniel 4:35.

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

New siege of Derry as the residents of Fahan Street cower and pray for relief

‘Londonderry riots being orchestrated by cowards hiding in the shadows’

Police chief says New IRA to blame for city violence

‘IRA’ blamed for Derry gun and bomb attacks

DUP slams Sinn Fein’s ‘double standards’ over city violence


Explosive device thrown at home of Gerry Adams

‘Explosive devices’ thrown at homes of Gerry Adams and Bobby Storey in west Belfast


Galway to play at Croke Park… Sir James in the line-up for Pope’s visit

The famous flautist first learned his trade in a loyalist band in east Belfast. Ecumenism has brought him a long way from ‘home’!!


Christian doctor loses job for saying ‘we are made male or female’

The Bible will either have to be banned or rewritten in order to please such evil bureaucrats ! “And he (the Lord Jesus Christ) answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,” Matthew 19:4.


British public backs legalisation of cannabis so it can be sold like cigarettes and alcohol, poll reveals

It will happen! Consider these words: “And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived,” Revelation 18:23. The word “sorceries” is the Greek word “pharmakeia” which is the word from which we get “Pharmacy”. The word means “the use or the administering of drugs.”

The coming kingdom of Antichrist will be largely deceived and dominated through the use of drugs.


Brexit: DUP seeks legal guarantee over customs border

‘No deal’ better than border in Irish Sea, says DUP’s Donaldson

Brexit tests for Theresa May as premiership hangs in the balance

Brexit: May hit by ANOTHER resignation as Brexiteers rebel ahead of MP vote TODAY

‘Brits voted to LEAVE!’ Priti Patel BLASTS May as soft Brexit plan faces FRESH rebellion

DUP welcomes legal guarantee of no customs border in Irish Sea

No backstop, no Brexit deal: Irish Government stands firm after Commons vote

It is not difficult to see the true face of the Irish Republic’s government in these words!


‘Sinn Fein turning against PSNI after rioting’

Sinn Fein’s hypocrisy laid bare – Jim Allister statement

DUP’s Campbell accuses (Roman) Catholic bishop of giving justification to rioters

DUP MP Gregory Campbell criticises (Roman) Catholic bishop’s remark on rioters


‘Holland’s Orange celebrations so similar to Twelfth’


Teenager to tell of murder of her UDR uncle at US young people’s conference


Editing human embryos ‘morally permissible’

Unconverted man remains unchanged in his defiance of God and his determination to supersede God and topple Him from His throne! This desire to “edit” and “modify” the unborn child and to produce “designer babies” is in the same mould as the foul experimentations of the Nazis!

“And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do,” Genesis 11:6.


Violent imagery on murals being emulated by rioters: Jim Allister, TUV

Birmingham pub bombings coroner begins appeal over scope of inquests


Heavy Commons suspension looming for Ian Paisley over lobbying for foreign government which gave him undeclared lavish gifts

Ian Paisley could lose North Antrim seat if 10% of voters sign Petition of Recall

Widespread calls for Ian Paisley to resign over Sri Lankan holidays

Ian Paisley Jnr ‘should resign’ amid possible by-election

DUP’s Arlene Foster dodges question of support for Ian Paisley after getting apology from him

‘Embarrassed’ Paisley expresses ‘profound apology’ over luxury holidays paid for by foreign government

Ian Paisley told foreign government official he could arrange oil deals ‘very quickly’


Handing legacy to IRA is one of the biggest scandals since WW2

PM begins two-day visit to NI in Belleek, Fermanagh

Prime Minister’s first visit to border since Brexit referendum ‘too little, too late’: Sinn Fein


No-one charged in 9 out of 10 crimes – Home Office

Is this not evidence that our society, with all its facilities for fast communication, rapid deployment of police officers and its forest of CCTV cameras, has become lawless to a degree never witnessed before??


Parents set to lose right to veto sex education at age 15

I think that parents have long ago lost those rights to a “we know better” nanny state!!!

EXCLUSIVE: How the Chancellor is ‘KILLING the economy on purpose’ just to sabotage Brexit


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.