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The blessed impact of teaching Bible prophecy!

“‭Therefore‭‭, brethren‭, stand fast‭‭, and‭ hold‭‭ the traditions‭ which‭ ye have been taught‭‭, whether‭ by‭ word‭, or‭‭ our‭ epistle‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬  2 Thessalonians 2:15.

The word ‘therefore’ indicates that Paul is here drawing a conclusion from that which he has stated in the earlier verses of this chapter.

2 Thessalonians chapter 2 is one of the most detailed regarding the person of the Antichrist and the prestige with which he will be viewed by unconverted men and also his perdition in shame.


Be that as it may, it is a chapter, the plain teaching of which, is very sadly ignored. Were it read and believed the notion of a ‘secret rapture’ of the saints of God would be universally abandoned.

The opening verses makes it clear that there will be no return of Christ for His saints until after the revealing of the Antichrist.

“‭Now‭ we beseech‭‭ you‭, brethren‭, by‭ the coming‭ of our‭ Lord‭ Jesus‭ Christ‭, and‭ ‭by‭ our‭ gathering together‭ unto‭ him‭,‭ ‭That‭ ye‭ be‭‭ not‭ soon‭ shaken‭‭ in‭ mind‭, or‭ be troubled‭‭, neither‭ by‭ spirit‭, nor‭ by‭ word‭, nor‭ by‭ letter‭ as‭ from‭ us‭, as‭ that‭ the day‭ of Christ‭ is at hand‭‭.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ ‭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 Thessalonians 2:1-4.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

There was a common notion amongst some of the early believers that the Saviour could come in their day. But Paul is countering that by saying that the Saviour will not return until AFTER ‘a falling away‭ first‬’, or an ‘apostasy’. Furthermore, he says that the Saviour will return after the revealing or ‘unveiling’ of the ‘‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭man‭ of sin‭ . . .‭‭ the son‭ of perdition‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬’, the Antichrist.

Therefore the ‘timetable’ of the second coming is set down for all to see. It will come AFTER the rise and the revealing of the Antichrist. The revealing of the Antichrist will IMMEDIATELY initiate the ‘great tribulation’. The Saviour makes that plain!

“‭When‭ ye therefore‭ shall see‭‭ the abomination‭ of desolation‭, spoken of‭‭ by‭ Daniel‭ the prophet‭, stand‭‭‭‭‭ in‭ the holy‭ place‭, (whoso readeth‭‭, let him understand‭‭:)‭ ‭then‭ let them which be in‭ Judaea‭ flee‭‭ into‭ the mountains‭:‭ ‭let him which is on‭ the housetop‭ not‭ come down‭‭ to take‭‭ any thing‭ out of‭ his‭ house‭:‭‭ neither‭ let him which is in‭ the field‭ return‭‭ back‭ to take‭‭ his‭ clothes‭.‭ ‭And‭ woe‭ unto them that are‭‭ with‭ child‭, and‭ to them that give suck‭‭ in‭ those‭ days‭!‭ ‭But‭ pray ye‭‭ that‭‭ your‭ flight‭ be‭‭ not‭ in the winter‭, neither‭ on‭ the sabbath day‭:‭ ‭For‭ then‭ shall be‭‭ great‭ tribulation‭, such as‭ was‭‭ not‭ since‭ the beginning‭ of the world‭ to this‭ time‭, no‭, nor ever‭ shall be‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Matthew 24:15-21.

Note the total urgency that must be shown once the Antichrist identifies himself by the erection of ‘‭‭‭‭‭the abomination‭ of desolation‬‬‬‬‬‬’ in ‘‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭the holy‭ place‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬’, which will be the temple the Jews will one day soon build in Jerusalem. The ‘‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭great‭ tribulation‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬’ will begin immediately that happens and there is not even time to snatch up a discarded item of clothing or gather together a few things from the home before fleeing to the hills.


For the ‘‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭great‭ tribulation‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬’ to be set in motion and become effective as the Saviour indicates, it must be well and secretly planned by the Antichrist for quite some time before! Within living memory, the world has been given a foretaste of that of which the Saviour speaks.

In 1934 in Germany, there took place what was called ‘The Night of the Long Knives’. It was also called the ‘Röhm purge’ or ‘Operation Hummingbird’. Click to read more…

Posted on 2024-04-12 a 5:58 pm

The 'Anti-Israel' opposition grows!

This is the fourth article I have written on the subject of how Israel will find itself hated and isolated at the end of this age and that in a manner never known before. (See: The Book of Esther – Part 1, The Book of Esther – Part 2, and Allies abandoning and Enemies Encircling — Jacob’s day of trouble draws on!  To these I could add yet anotherThe latter-day universal abandonment of Israel recently hinted at!!)

Despite two millennia of ‘antisemitism’ since Israel’s rejection and crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ, a more dreadful spirit of hatred and persecution against the ancient people of God is yet to be manifested.

These few headlines, of which there are many more, highlight the increasing opposition.

The world turns on Israel after World Central Kitchen slaughter: International fury grows, with UK possibly axing arms deals as IDF is accused of war crimes and aid worker death toll exceeds that of any other conflict

STEPHEN GLOVER: I’m a supporter of Israel, but there comes a point when the killing wreaked on innocent people outweighs the original sin

Israel meets the requirements for a just war in Gaza, but it’s losing the propaganda battle, says Jacob Rees-Mogg 

Denmark: NGOs sue the Danish state to stop arms exports to Israel

‘Morally Unacceptable’: Senior Tory Says UK Must Stop Arms Sales To Israel

UN to take up Pakistan’s resolution on banning arms sales to Israel

Biden warns Netanyahu that US will change policy on Gaza unless Israel protects civilians

Israel has not done itself any favours of late in the Gaza conflict. There have been reported incidents which the most supportive of her sympathisers would not seek to justify. As Jacob Rees-Mogg says, they have been outpointed by Hamas and its allies in the ‘propaganda war’!

Again, that is a familiar factor to us here in Ulster for Sinn Fein/IRA, thanks to its many allies in the media, outscored Unionism and the British Government in the past and still does! Click to read more…

Posted on 2024-04-06 a 1:01 am

60 years ago, I called upon the Lord for His mercy

Rev. Ivan Foster (rtd), editor of The Burning Bush

On Friday, 5th April, it will be sixty years since I called upon the Lord for His mercy and salvation. I cried out of darkness and much spiritual ignorance, hardly knowing what it was I needed or sought but moved to seek the Lord by the returning to my mind of words spoken to me by a young lassie, Hazel, while I was travelling by a train with a companion, Albert, from Belfast to Portrush in Co. Antrim on ‘Good Friday’, March 27th 1964.

What the young lassie had said to me as we emerged from the train in Portrush station, following a very acrimonious (on my part) discussion in which she and her companions sought to witness of our need of Christ to Albert and me, was to quote Genesis 6:3. “And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man.”

I was totally unaware of where the quotation came from and I was utterly dismissive of the words of Hazel and truly never gave them another thought until the evening of April 5th in Albert’s home in Lowwood Park, Belfast. But in an instance, the Lord made known to me something of the meaning of those words and I was driven to call upon Him for mercy.

Here is a recording of my testimony given in a gospel mission in Ballinamallard, back in April 2017.

The house in Lowwood Park, Belfast in which I called upon the Lord. The window, top right, if I remember correctly, is that of the room in which I was saved.


Posted on 2024-04-05 a 2:00 am

Londonderry Republican Riots - a Mini-Gaza

LATEST | Petrol bombs thrown at media during dissident parade in Derry as involvement of children branded ‘reprehensible’

Many who lived through the republican riots of the 70s, 80s, and 90s, will know that the tactics the Hamas terrorist have used in Gaza in recent days are but those we saw almost daily in republican areas in Northern Ireland.

Sinn Fein/IRA have changed in tactics and placed an emphasis on political activity. They have been forced to do this because they were not winning ‘the war’. They have not renounced violence but demonstrate its intrinsic place in the Irish Republican’s thesis by celebrating the terrorist ‘exploits’ of recent years annually. There have been those disappointed republicans who wish to see terrorism continued and they cursed Sinn Fein and have tried to muster support for a restarting of the terror campaign.

At the ‘Dissident Republican’ annual celebration in Londonderry to mark the ‘Easter Rising’ in Dublin in 1916, the chief feature was petrol bombing by juveniles. This has ever been the standard manifestation of lawlessness and murder that is inherent in the spirit of Irish Republicanism. It also was but a display of the practice of the IRA and Hamas of sending youngsters forward to attack the security forces knowing that they will find it difficult to reply to these acts of terrorism by adolescents without  becoming targets of the left-wing media pundits and their campaign to attack any resistance to lawlessness and anarchy as being an attempt to shoot unarmed and innocent juveniles!

Youths carrying crates of petrol bombs in the Creggan area of Derry after an illegal dissident republican parade

The tolerating of such lawless displays by the government and society generally and the cloaking of the insurgency  by unscrupulous members of the press, is but confirmation that there is a manifesting around us of that prophesied in Psalm 2.

“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us,” verses 1-3. Click to read more…

Posted on 2024-04-03 a 5:21 pm

Ignorance of what follows upon death breeds ungodly laws and practices

“‭And‭ as‭‭ it is appointed‭‭ unto men‭ once‭ to die‭‭, but‭ after‭ this‭ the judgment‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Hebrews 9:27.

But‭ after‭ this‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ . . . WHAT ???????

The following headline jumped out at me when I went to look at the latest news headlines on Thursday past.

Could assisted dying be coming to Scotland?

It is a report of a member of the Scottish Parliament, one Liam McArthur, who has tabled a bill whereby, if it becomes law in Scotland, terminally-ill people will be offered assistance to end their lives!

The report continues: “Supporters of the legislation say it would ease suffering.

Opponents worry that some terminally-ill people could feel under pressure to end their lives.

The Assisted Dying Bill is drafted by the Lib Dem MSP, Liam McArthur, who expects it to be debated this autumn.

The bill was published on Thursday and will potentially be voted on next year.

The Scottish government says ministers and SNP backbenchers will not be instructed how to vote, as the matter is an issue of individual conscience.

First Minister Humza Yousaf, who is a Muslim, has indicated that he is likely to vote against the bill, which is also opposed by the Church of Scotland, the Catholic Church in Scotland, and the Scottish Association of Mosques.

Under the proposals, patients could only request medical assistance to end their life if they had a terminal illness and had been ruled mentally fit to make the decision by two doctors. Click to read more…

Posted on 2024-04-01 a 2:00 am

March 2024

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Shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?

The utterly astonishing headlines that filled the media websites in the UK in the last 24 hours are epitomised in the one that appeared on the local BBC website yesterday, the anniversary of the launching of the divisive and duplicitous ‘Good Friday Agreement’ some twenty-six years ago.

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson resigns after rape charge

The headline is inconceivable and overwhelming and it has left many in Ulster deeply shocked.

The Word of God states: “‭Are‭‭ not‭ two‭ sparrows‭ sold‭‭ for a farthing‭? and‭ one‭ of‭ them‭ shall‭‭ not‭ fall‭‭ on‭ the ground‭ without‭ your‭ Father‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Matthew 10:29. What that teaches us is the absolute sovereignty of God. Nothing happens that is not under His absolute control.

As I pondered the above news headline and the increasingly horrifying further revelations, such as that issued by the police which indicated that Mrs Donaldson has also been charged, my mind sought refuge in the Word of God!

Jeffrey Donaldson’s wife to face court on charge linked to his sex crimes case

The basic truth of our system of justice states that a person is innocent until PROVEN guilty, nevertheless the political career of Jeffrey Donaldson is over for there is really no come-back from such a situation, even if a court were to find him innocent!

As I pondered this distressing situation, there came into my mind a portion of God’s Word.

Here it is:

“‭Hear‭‭ this word‭ that the LORD‭ hath spoken‭‭ against you, O children‭ of Israel‭, against the whole family‭ which I brought up‭‭ from the land‭ of Egypt‭, saying‭‭,‭ ‭You only have I known‭‭ of all the families‭ of the earth‭: therefore I will punish‭‭ you for all your iniquities‭.‭ ‭Can two‭ walk‭‭ together‭, except‭ they be agreed‭‭?‭ ‭Will a lion‭ roar‭‭ in the forest‭, when he hath no prey‭? will a young lion‭ cry out‭‭‭ of his den‭, if he have taken‭‭ nothing‭?‭ ‭Can a bird‭ fall‭‭ in a snare‭ upon the earth‭, where no gin‭ ‭is‭ for him? shall ‭one‭ take up‭‭ a snare‭ from the earth‭, and have taken‭‭ nothing at all‭‭?‭ ‭Shall a trumpet‭ be blown‭‭ in the city‭, and the people‭ not be afraid‭‭? shall there be evil‭ in a city‭, and the LORD‭ hath not done‭‭ ‭it‭?‭ ‭Surely the Lord‭ GOD‭ will do‭‭ nothing‭, but he revealeth‭‭ his secret‭ unto his servants‭ the prophets‭.‭ ‭The lion‭ hath roared‭‭, who will not‭ fear‭‭? the Lord‭ GOD‭ hath spoken‭‭, who can but prophesy‭‭?‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Amos 3:1-8.

This portion teaches that nothing, absolutely nothing, happens that is not part of the divine plan and purpose. I looked particularly at the words, “Shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?” Click to read more…

Posted on 2024-03-30 a 6:21 pm

Allies abandoning and Enemies Encircling — Jacob’s day of trouble draws on!

The UK’s permanent representative to the UN, Barbara Woodward, called for the “implementation of the resolution to be immediate”

 “Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it,” Jeremiah 30:7.

 It is most fitting that the ‘weeping prophet’ should tell us of the day of ‘Jacob’s Trouble’!

It is even more fitting that the One Who will save Jacob out of his day of trouble should give us a clear picture of that dreadful time for the people of Israel.

“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:  neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: for then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened,” Matthew 24:14-22.

Any who have the least knowledge of Bible prophecy will have heard of ‘the time of Jacob’s trouble’. Click to read more…

Posted on 2024-03-28 a 10:42 pm

Salute to faithful and principled work of Christian Institute director Colin Hart

A letter from the presbytery of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster:

As the officers of the presbytery of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster, we wish to be publicly associated with the tributes already paid to Mr Colin Hart, previous director of the Christian Institute, who suddenly passed away earlier this month (Tributes to key figure in ‘gay cake’ battle, News Letter, March 19).

We extend to his family and his colleagues our deepest sympathy, assuring them of our prayerful support in the midst of their sorrow.

Colin Hart, founder and previous director of the Christian Institute

We pay tribute to Mr Hart’s memory for his faithful and principled adherence to the moral and spiritual tenets of God’s Holy and Infallible Word as he directed the work of the Christian Institute.

Scripture states that “The memory of the just is blessed” (Proverbs 10:7).

We salute Mr Hart’s memory, and we thank God for his influence for God’s glory in our nation over many years.

Rev Samuel Murray, Moderator of Presbytery,
Rev Ian Brown, Deputy Moderator of Presbytery,
Rev John Greer, Clerk of Presbytery.


Posted on 2024-03-25 a 5:40 pm

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Posted on 2024-03-25 a 6:00 am

The boastings of a fool!

Irish politician, outgoing Taoiseach and leader of Fine Gael Leo Varadkar

In his final words to his nation as he announced his resignation as leader of the Republic of Ireland, Leo Varadkar, boasts of that which he claims to have achieved but which is in truth in utter defiance of God and all that is holy.

“I am proud that we have made the country a more equal and more modern place when it comes to the rights of children, the LGBT community, equality for women and their bodily autonomy.” (Belfast Newsletter)

He is openly a sodomite and as such he has encouraged the people of the Republic of Ireland to defy God and go further down the road of embracing and sanitising and legalising abortion, sodomy, same-sex marriage and the perversions of the ‘lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender’ lifestyle.

It is this that he is proud of!

In the light of God’s Word, which of course Leo Varadkar rejects, there is a coming day in which his pride will dissolve into bitter despair as he reaps the eternal consequences of his perverted lifestyle and his evil influence upon his country.

God’s people have long anticipated that day as they have endured the vexation of the rebellion of a godless world.

“‭‭Enoch‭ also‭, the seventh‭ from‭ Adam‭, prophesied‭‭ of these‭, saying‭‭, Behold‭‭, the Lord‭ cometh‭‭ with‭ ten thousands‭ of his‭ saints‭,‭ ‭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.‭ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭These‭ are‭‭ murmurers‭, complainers‭, walking‭‭ after‭ their own‭ lusts‭; and‭ their‭ mouth‭ speaketh‭‭ great swelling‭ ‭words‭, having men’s persons‭ in admiration‭‭ because‭ of advantage‭.‭ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭But‭, beloved‭, remember‭‭ ye‭ the words‭ which‭ were spoken before‭‭ of‭ the apostles‭ of our‭ Lord‭ Jesus‭ Christ‭;‭ ‭how‭ that‭ they told‭‭ you‭ there should be‭‭ mockers‭ in‭ the last‭ time‭, who should walk‭‭ after‭ their own‭ ungodly‭ lusts‭.‭ ‭These‭ be‭‭ they who separate‭‭ themselves‭, sensual‭, having‭‭ not‭ the Spirit‭.‭ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭But‭ ye‭, beloved‭, building up‭‭ yourselves‭ on your‭ most holy‭ faith‭, praying‭‭ in‭ the Holy‭ Ghost‭,‭ ‭keep‭‭ yourselves‭ in‭ the love‭ of God‭, looking for‭‭ the mercy‭ of our‭ Lord‭ Jesus‭ Christ‭ unto‭ eternal‭ life‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Jude 1:14-21.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster

Posted on 2024-03-20 a 3:43 pm

Slowing up a little

In February 2007, the following article was published.

“The Burning Bush” bows out

‘This edition of “The Burning Bush” will be the last. It has been in print since March 1970, becoming a regular monthly read since 1988. The founding editor, Rev Ivan Foster, retires next year. It is for this reason alone that the publication is coming to an end.

Burning Bush website banner from 18 October 2000

However, “The Burning Bush” website (www.ivanfoster.org) will continue for some time and it is hoped that pertinent articles will still continue to be made available by this means. The Editor appreciates very much the encouraging comments that have been made by readers regarding the ending of “The Burning Bush”. I would like to thank all those who have faithfully supported this witness, some from the earliest days of its publication.

I must also thank my wife, Ann, who has carefully scrutinised each issue for spelling mistakes etc; since 1970. No one was more pleased at the arrival of a computer in our home than she was, since she had the task of typing out the earliest editions on a typewriter for me then to physically “cut and paste” in order to prepare it for duplicating. The computer meant that she had only the scrutiny to take care of.  . . . . . . .

To you one and all, I say a sincere thank you. Ivan Foster.’

That was 17 years ago. Now that 54 years have passed since “The Burning Bush” began its witness and I recently passed my 80th birthday and my wife Ann marked her 77th birthday a few days earlier, our energy levels are not what they used to be!

Consequently, I will be reducing the ‘output’ of articles and comment. While I am able I will continue to offer the occasional comment on public events and the deepening apostasy, but it will not be of the same volume as in past years.

The “The Burning Bush” website will remain available for any wishing to explore its many articles and we have a large number of sermon recordings which we can continue to ‘feature’.

Current Burning Bush website header

In recent years I owe much to the help given me in the maintaining the site to Mr John Pittman Hey whom I have never met since he resides in Mississippi in the USA. He came forward and offered to help ‘gratis’, in maintaining the site, having visited it and found himself in sympathy with our stand on many issues facing God’s people today. He has ‘rescued’ the site on a number of occasions from cyber attacks etc, and patiently put up with my requests for my last minute ‘corrections’, discovered after publication!

It is most likely we will never meet in time but I look forward to the fellowship of heaven with my brother.

I must also thank my son Andrew, resident in Canada, for his original setting up of the present site and caring for it for many years on top of his pastoral duties in Penticton Free Presbyterian Church and his many other labours.

Of course, I must offer my thanks to the many readers who have accumulated over 1,107.000 visits to the site since it went digital in the late 1990s. Their encouraging emails and letters have been most encouraging amidst oftentimes hostile comments from those who reject the ‘the old paths’ of Free Presbyterianism.

I have not yet ‘finished my course’ but I trust by God’s grace I will be able to echo Paul’s words, brought before me by Dr Ian Paisley when he preached my ordination sermon back in April 1968, at least faintly at the end of my days.

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith,” 2 Timothy 4:7.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster

Posted on 2024-03-18 a 5:29 pm

Patrick, a misrepresented man of God

The scenes around the world on March 17th, in which the memory of Patrick was supposedly being honoured, have not honoured the work and testimony of this much maligned man of God.

Indeed, virtually every function that was organised to commemorate the day on which it is believed he died in 465, was of such a character that were Patrick still amongst us, he would have denounced the activities.

Stained glass portrayal located at Carlow Cathedral of Patrick preaching to Irish kings. Franz Borgias Mayer (1848–1926)

Rome has created a mythical figure and called him “Patrick” but he is no more like the historical Patrick than is heaven like to hell.

By the providence of God, there is preserved for us a “Confession” or testimony from the pen of Patrick. Its authenticity is accepted by all, even those whose account of Patrick is proved false by its record — the Roman Catholic church.

This corrupting of the history of Patrick is in no way unique!

Posted on 2024-03-17 a 5:00 am

The Gospel outlawed by the British government!

Michael Gove MP

The man with a very long title but very short on the knowledge of God, ‘The Right Honourable Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and Minister for Intergovernmental Relations’, has announced in Parliament a new definition of ‘Extremism’!

Gove names groups as he outlines new extremism definition in Commons

The new definition reads:

Extremism is the promotion or advancement of an ideology based on violence, hatred or intolerance, that aims to

1: negate or destroy the fundamental rights and freedoms of others; or

2: undermine, overturn or replace the UK’s system of liberal parliamentary democracy and democratic rights; or

3: intentionally create a permissive environment for others to achieve the results in (1) or (2).

It has already come under criticism as being ‘too broad’. “Right-wing MP Miriam Cates told the Commons on Thursday the new definition ‘risks criminalising, or at the very least chilling the speech of, people who have very legitimate, harmless views’.

She used the example of the views of some gender critical feminists, who she said could be ‘labelled as extremist’ under the new definition.”

It certainly is broad indeed so that it is seen to be threatening the freedom to preach the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

This new definition of ‘extremism’ rest upon the opinion of any who feel that what someone or an organisation believes and propagates generates hatred or intolerance toward them. Click to read more…

Posted on 2024-03-14 a 9:10 pm

Deceit and falsehood - the order of the day!

“‭In transgressing‭‭ and lying‭‭ against the LORD‭, and departing away‭‭ from‭ our God‭, speaking‭‭ oppression‭ and revolt‭, conceiving‭‭ and uttering‭‭ from the heart‭ words‭ of falsehood‭.‭ ‭And judgment‭ is turned away‭‭ backward‭, and justice‭ standeth‭‭ afar off‭: for truth‭ is fallen‭‭ in the street‭, and equity‭ cannot‭‭ enter‭‭.‭ ‭Yea, truth‭ faileth‭‭; and he ‭that‭ departeth‭‭ from evil‭ maketh himself a prey‭‭: and the LORD‭ saw‭‭ ‭it‭, and it displeased‭‭‭ him that ‭there was‭ no judgment‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Isaiah 59:13-15.

The multiple means by which we are informed of the events taking place in this world today — newspapers, television, the internet — are agencies of which it can be said that they are dominated by lies and falsehood.

If those who compile the reports are not promoting lies themselves then they are by and large, reporting the lies of others!

What we read and hear and view simply cannot be taken at face value! There was a time when the news media could be expected to report ethically, with a large degree of honesty and rectitude and could be trusted to convey a trustworthy account of matters reported upon. The absolute opposite is the case today in 99% of cases.

British prime ministers have repeatedly told lies and that most blatantly and when confronted with their deceit have not the grace or ability to even blush!

On the local front here in Ulster, undeniable facts have surfaced which show that which the DUP leadership claim is a great reversal of and deliverance from the scandalous impositions of the “Northern Ireland Protocol” is a complete and utter sham. The Protocol was devised by the British government and was intended to protect the EU single market, while avoiding the imposition of a ‘hard border’ that might incite a recurrence of conflict and destabilise the ‘relative peace’ that it is claimed has held since the end of the Troubles.

What that evilly devised scheme actually achieved was the shutting out of Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK, and despite the claims of Donaldson and his lackeys, that is still our position.

A headline in the ‘Belfast Newsletter’ of Wednesday, March 13th, indicates that to be so.

Lord Empey uncovers £192m budget for Irish Sea border posts – saying frontier is ‘alive and kicking’

​‘The cost of constructing border inspection posts required as a result of the NI Protocol / Windsor Framework could reach £192.3 million, the government has revealed.’

So much for the removal of the border imposed by the ‘Protocol’!

But this evil phenomenon of lies is worldwide! Every time a national leader opens his mouth, deceit invariably pours forth! Biden and Trump publicly vie with each other to see who can tell the biggest lie as they battle it out for the minds of the American people.

The conflicts in Ukraine and Israel are immersed in deceit. The events taking place in North Korea, China, Iran are all shrouded in the fog of disinformation, designed only to mislead.

At home here in the UK, we daily read of an army that is undermanned, a navy that can just about stay afloat and an air force running out of training jets!

Just what are we to believe? Click to read more…

Posted on 2024-03-14 a 9:03 pm

Libraries Northern Ireland evil attack on children

Here is one of the suggestive and evil cartoons meant to influence and corrupt the thinking of youngsters

The following news report appeared in the ‘Belfast Newsletter’ on 11th March.

Libraries Northern Ireland stocking transgender-themed titles aimed at toddlers and book advising teenagers how to use casual sex hook-up apps

It details the utterly shameful attempts at corrupting the minds of toddlers by setting forth the perversion of transgenderism in children’s books in public libraries.

The news reports states: “The News Letter came across most of the titles thanks to a Freedom of Information request to Libraries NI, asking for a list of LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning) children’s books it owns.

It supplied the News Letter with a list of 22 LGBTQ+ titles in what it calls its “junior” range (covering ages 0 to 16), totalling 504 copies.”

This can only be seen as a satanic attack on the young by a publicly funded agency.

The only politician to raise the matter was, I believe, Mr Jim Allister KC, leader of the TUV party.

Given the increasingly liberal stance of the DUP, with its embracing of lesbianism and support for “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender” causes, its silence is hardly surprising!

Here are two others

I have included a link to a video sent to me of Mr Allister raising the matter in the Stormont Assembly today. Time will tell if his requested intervention by the minister in change of libraries issues will be acted upon.


Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


Posted on 2024-03-12 a 9:31 pm

Things in the last days Christ warns Christians against!

Cheryl Brownlee

“And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man,” Luke 21:34-36.

This chapter substantially parallels Matthew 24 though it includes references to events in Jerusalem in AD 70 when the Roman armies destroyed the city and the nation of Israel was scattered as they remain to a large degree to this day.

I dealt with erroneous conclusions some have drawn from this chapter in the article, Some of the Saviour’s words misunderstood by many! written three months ago when I read this chapter in keeping with Robert Murray M‘Cheyne’s Bible Reading Calendar, which brings one who uses it to this portion twice a year.

Let me set down the two portions from these two chapters containing the Saviour’s words to His disciples when they questioned Him, (Luke 21:7, Matthew 24:3). Many have concluded, because of the similarity of language, that these chapters refer to the same event, the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70..

Luke 21:20-27 states:

“And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. 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.”

Matthew 24:15-27 reads:.

“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:  Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

It may be easily seen that believers have understood these passages to refer to the exact same events. But there is at least 2000 years separating these tremendous happenings! Click to read more…

Posted on 2024-03-09 a 12:52 am

Discrimination against Protestants in education

The main building at Magee was built with Scottish freestone, and opened in 1865.

I comment this article to you all.

Dr Cooke has untiringly sought to sound a warning regarding the discrimination against Protestants at all levels within higher education in Ulster.

To my knowledge, DUP and UUP MLAs take absolutely no heed to his warnings, the results being the continuing demise of the rights of the Protestant and Unionist people in the realm of education.

We are grateful for his labours, though saddened at the heedless attitude of the DUP and UUP members contacted.

The destitution of the Protestant and Unionist cause in Northern Ireland is the direct consequence of the apostasy of the main Protestant denominations and their embracing of every form of anti-Bible falsehood.

In consequence, as a people we are under judgment.

“‭For, behold, the Lord‭, the LORD‭ of hosts‭, doth take away‭‭ from Jerusalem‭ and from Judah‭ the stay‭ and the staff‭, the whole stay‭ of bread‭, and the whole‭ stay‭ of water‭,‭ ‭the mighty man‭, and the man‭ of war‭, the judge‭‭, and the prophet‭, and the prudent‭‭, and the ancient‭,‭ ‭the captain‭ of fifty‭, and the honourable‭‭ man‭, and the counsellor‭‭, and the cunning‭ artificer‭, and the eloquent‭‭ orator‭.‭ ‭And I will give‭‭ children‭ ‭to be‭ their princes‭, and babes‭ shall rule‭‭ over them.‭ ‭And the people‭ shall be oppressed‭‭, every one‭ by another‭, and every one‭ by his neighbour‭: the child‭ shall behave himself proudly‭‭ against the ancient‭, and the base‭‭ against the honourable‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Isaiah 3:1-5.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster

The Growth of the nationalist dominated Magee university campus is thanks to the DUP’s NDNA 2020 Deal and the NI Unionist MLAs sitting on the Stormont Assembly Committees.

A article by Dr Edward Cooke, (Professor in Queens University, Belfast)

circulated to Stormont MLAs and local reporters.

NI Unionist voters can thank NI Unionist MLAs sitting in the NI Assembly Committee for the Economy for allowing the continued growth and expansion of the UU campus at Magee, a campus that directly and indirectly discriminates against NI unionist / Protestant students / academics.  Realistically, the growth of the Magee campus on the West Bank of Londonderry must be accompanied by the demise of the UU campus at Coleraine and with it the demise of the NI unionist communities in Port Stewart and Portrush.  Today’s Irish News article provides confirmation of SF’s Ministers for the Economy and Environment to expand the Derry campus, irrespective of the exceptionally low numbers of unionist / Protestant academics and students at Magee. Click to read more…

Posted on 2024-03-06 a 4:38 pm

Ecumenist, Alf McCreary answered and rebuked!

Below is an article by Alf McCreary, long-time journalist with the ‘Belfast Telegraph’, though this article by him appeared in the ‘Belfast Newsletter’.

Alf McCreary is an arch-ecumenist who has for many years extolled the modernistic and liberal doctrines which have been gradually introduced to his church, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, and the two other ecumenical

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

denominations, the Church of Ireland and the Methodist Church in Ireland.

Being an advocate of ecumenism, he is an outspoken and bitter critic of all things Biblical and orthodox. That may be seen in the article below.

I give one or two examples of his opposition to the old-time gospel.

First of all.

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI), for example, has been becoming much more conservative in recent years, and this is seen in its election of moderators. The current Moderator the Very Reverend Dr Sam Mawhinney announced shortly after his election last year that he did not approve of the ordination of female ministers.

This year’s Moderator-elect the Reverend Richard Murray stated in one of his first interviews that it is “the Lord who decides, and if the Lord wants a woman minister to be moderator next year, then that will happen”.

This has to be one of the least persuasive excuses in the long history of the Presbyterian Church which has never elected a woman moderator, and this is particularly depressing because the PCI was the first major church to ordain a woman minister – the Reverend Ruth Patterson in 1976.

Sadly when she stood twice for the moderatorship she failed to get elected. Sadly and significantly on the second occasion she did not get a single vote from any of the 19 Presbyteries.

Such a total rejection by the church which had ordained her as its first female minister was hurtful to many Presbyterians, and extremely regrettable.

Two things should be noted in this statement by McCreary.

His obvious annoyance at any sign of ‘conservativeness’ re-emerging in the PCI! Of course, what he considers ‘conservative’ is very far short of orthodox Bible teaching! Click to read more…

Posted on 2024-03-04 a 10:27 pm

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Who is on the Lord's side? A question for us all today!

This message, preached on August 15th, 2021, the day that marked the 47th anniversary of the opening of the Free Presbyterian Hall in Kilskeery back in 1974, was brought to my attention and I feel that is something that needs to be heard again.

I am therefore sending it out by email to those readers on our email list.

Christian, when you receive it I ask you circulate it wisely amongst your acquaintances and pray that the Lord might be pleased to bless the message to the hearts of God’s faithful souls.

Here is the recording and the text that accompanied it on ’The Burning Bush’ website.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


A question for us all today!

“Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who [is] on the LORD’S side? [let him come] unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. And he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, [and] go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour,” Ex 32:26-27.

Today we mark the 47th anniversary of the opening of the hall on this site for the preaching of the gospel.

I would want to honour those who laboured and financed the venture amidst much opposition. I recall the generosity of Mr & Mrs Robert Edwards, who donated part of their garden as a site for the hall and the men who laboured, mostly in the evenings, after their day’s work and on Saturdays, to erect the building. They laboured out of a zeal for the honour and glory of the Lord.

Just over three years after its opening, the small handful of souls here in Kilskeery banded together and were constituted as a congregation of the Free Presbyterian Church. I was called to be the minister and installed as such in February 1978. Some eighteen months later, Kilskeery Independent Christian School commenced.

By the mercy of the Lord, both congregation and school continue to this day.

There are very few of the original founders left, having gone on to glory. But I trust that the spirit that energised the founders is still amongst the remnant here!

* This is not the text that I had hoped to preach upon at this meeting. I may get a chance to preach my original message on another occasion.

The news reports of the DUP mayor of Londonderry officially launching the abominable ‘full programme of events’ to celebrate and extol that greatest of all sins amongst mankind, sodomy, so vexed me that I wrote to the Moderator of our Presbytery, the Clerk and the Chairman of the Morals Committee, expressing my horror and demanding that action be taken to separate the FPC from the sodomite-honouring DUP. Click to read more…

Posted on 2024-02-29 a 11:18 pm

Religious trends in Ulster

Below is the heading and an article in today’s ‘Belfast Telegraph’ by Mr Sam McBride. It was sent to me by a kind friend and I am sending it to you at the risk of burdening you with yet another email, for I believe it reveals the spiritual wilderness our Province has become.

Amongst the causes of this dreadful spiritual decline from what Ulster used to be is the failure of many of God’s ministers to speak out and protest against the defiance of God that is seen clearly amongst the ranks of those who profess allegiance to God or at least once did.

That silence has aided the decline very greatly and has encouraged the enemy and has given the impression that consent is being granted to the ongoing departure from God.

“In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as one of them,” Obadiah 1:11.

It is an analysis of a recent poll on religion in Northern Ireland. What it says is that’Northern Ireland, long long distinguished from the religious trends in the rest of the UK and the world in general, has just about caught up with the departure from God and the rejection of His Word that is the norm in other lands!

This tragic development has been going on for years. It can particularly be traced back to when the three main churches here, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, the Church of Ireland and the Methodist Church in Ireland, became founding members of  the World Council of Churches back in 1948.

That organisation became the channel by which every unclean and blasphemous doctrine was streamed in to Ulster via the modernistic and  ecumenical pro-Roman Catholic ministers, who increasingly have taken over the three denominations.

Today, these denominations, to varying degrees, sanction every perversion of the devil, or at least fail to denounce and oppose them as God would have done! The apostasy is not stagnant, though it gives off the stench one associates with that which is, but is ever moving downward and carrying the blinded populace with it. Click to read more…

Posted on 2024-02-27 a 5:29 pm

The Gospel according to the cookery book!

“‭He causeth the grass‭ to grow‭‭ for the cattle‭, and herb‭ for the service‭ of man‭: that he may bring forth‭‭ food‭ out of the earth‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Psalm 104:14.

This morning (26/2/24) I read the words: “‭Consider‭‭ the ravens‭: for‭ they neither‭ sow‭‭ nor‭ reap‭‭; which‭ neither‭ have‭‭ storehouse‭ nor‭ barn‭; and‭ God‭ feedeth‭‭ them‭: how much‭ more‭ are‭‭ ye‭ better than‭‭ the fowls‭?‭ . . . ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬Consider‭‭ the lilies‭ how‭ they grow‭‭: they toil‭‭ not‭, they spin‭‭ not‭; and yet‭ I say‭‭ unto you‭, that Solomon‭ in‭ all‭ his‭ glory‭ was‭‭ not‭ arrayed‭‭ like‭ one‭ of these‭,‭”‭ Luke 12:24, 27.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

When I thought upon the word ‘consider’, which is a translation of a Greek word which could also be translated ‘observe and understand’, I saw how that the Lord would have us observe His creation for it, in all its manifested elements, testifies of His merciful providence.

That caused me to think upon the verse above from the Psalms and particularly the words: “that he may bring forth food out of the earth.”

The Bible says: “And . . . ‭‭‭‭‭of making‭‭ many‭‭ books‭ ‭there is‭ no end‭,‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭”‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭ Ecclesiastes 12:12. This is certainly so of cookery books! I never search the internet for news reports of the events of the day without coming upon innumerable recommended meals and recipes that can be prepared. I do not think I am wrong in thinking that such is the variety of food available from the earth for man that the combinations and dishes that are possible are almost infinite.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬


I wonder have you ever thought of just what it is God provides for our good from the earth? I have often pondered how that man, who was created out of “the dust of‭ the ground‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭” (Genesis 2:7), is daily sustained from that which springs up from the earth.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

1. Everything we eat has its origin in the dust. Whether it be fruit, vegetables or meat, it has all come from the earth. What a miracle is involved in the transforming of grass into a juicy steak! It is most laughable that the ‘learned’ evolutionist thinks that the many ruminants somehow taught themselves to chew their cud and turn grass into that which man find’s delicious! Man cannot digest grass otherwise we would have a very abundant food source produced by our lawn! But God has ordained that many creatures can digest grass and from that produce that which we delight to feast upon and digest! Click to read more…

Posted on 2024-02-26 a 8:22 pm

RCC's shocking history in Western Australia

The following headline is taken from the website of a legal organisation dedicated to exposing the immorality of the Roman Catholic Church.  I was sent the link by a friend from Australia about one hour ago.

The following statement may be found on the website: (Church Abuse):

“The prevalence of child abuse throughout Australian religious institutions is truly shocking. Countless children across the country were exposed to physical, psychological and sexual abuse in churches, religious schools, religious children’s homes, and charitable organisations.

The response to this abuse has been just as disgraceful, with church authorities often covering up clerical abuse to protect their own image, exposing further children to abuse and helping offenders to go unpunished. In recent decades, religious institutions have spent millions in legal fees trying to deny compensation to victims and protect their bottom line.

One of the worst offenders is the Catholic Church, where a shocking 7% of all priests were accused of abusing children between 1950-2010. In some Catholic orders, the numbers were as high as 15%, 20% and even 40%.

Other religious institutions such as the Christian Brothers, Anglican Church, Salvation Army and the Uniting Church all have similarly shameful histories.”

Despite such repeated exposés, it is sad to know that people still attend the services of what the Reformers rightly called ‘Babylonianism’!

It is a system of the devil and is energised and upheld by him. I believe that any Protestant denomination which was subjected to a similar exposure would be abandoned by its attenders!

Every Christian should pray for their Roman Catholic neighbours that they might be delivered from the deceptions of Romanism, even as prayer was undoubtedly offered for Saul of Tarsus, resulting in his conversion and transformation from persecutor to Paul the apostle to the Gentiles. Click to read more…

Posted on 2024-02-24 a 8:26 pm

Something to remember when overtaken by a storm!

Photo by Egor Yakushkin on Unsplash

“Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth. But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy. And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him,” Luke 8:22-25.

These verses were part of my New Testament Bible reading for today (22/2/24). The Bible is a living BOOK and our reading of it entails a two-way conversation. It speaks to us and we within our soul answer and oftentimes are prompted to speak out in prayer to the Lord in response to what we read.

My own heart was stirred as I read this passage, not for the first time by any means, but it came with fresh power and blessedness to my heart this morning.

It is to be noticed that this incident took place as the disciples of the Lord Jesus were obeying His command. “Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth,” verse 22.

As I pondered the short passage it occurred to me that:


It has ever been a source of perplexity for Christians that when they seek to obey the Lord they find themselves in the midst of trouble.

1. In truth, this should not surprise us. Obedience to God makes us a target of the devil and all his minions. It is stated of him that he is “the prince of the power of the air,” Ephesians 2:2. He is permitted of God to use his powers to create storms of wind like that which occurred on this occasion. It was the devil who created the troubles and woes of Job though he was unaware of this fact and sadly felt that the Lord had failed him. Click to read more…

Posted on 2024-02-24 a 8:12 pm

DUP further endorses rebellion against God

Today sees an endorsement by the DUP that must surely shame every Christian in the party and all who support it in any way.

It also must surely strike the consciences of those ministers who remain silent in the face of the DUP’s embracing and endorsing of the perversions of today, so condemned of the Lord, knowing that members and officer-bearers within their congregations are in this party and thereby tainted by their association with him and his like.

This situation of compromise is a cowardly failure on the part of those involved with the DUP and who fail to condemn its defiance of God who vowed to keep the covenant made with the Lord by the membership of the Free Presbyterian Church back on 28th February 1988, the 350th anniversary of the signing of The National Covenant of Scotland .

The Covenant hangs in the porch of Kilskeery church. I just wonder how many other churches still display it?

Here is the essence of the oath signed up to that day by the members of the Free Presbyterian Church.

“As God providentially raised up Elijah, we believe He is now calling out a faithful remnant to maintain a testimony, free from compromise against every opposition of the enemy.

As a separated Church of God, sinners saved by grace and born again of the Holy Spirit, conscious of the violation of God’s commandments so rampant in this evil age, and conscious also that we could have a name to live and are dead, we humble ourselves before God and solemnly covenant together , by His grace to stand with Christ in this evil day, for all that He is for, and against all that he is against.”

I wonder how many ministers who took that oath have been faithful to it?

That oath most certainly forbids the associating with or supporting the DUP and a remaining silent in the face of its welcoming and elevating of sodomites and their supporters into its ranks and the outrageous betrayal of everything it once stood for! Click to read more…

Posted on 2024-02-19 a 5:28 pm

Another nail in the DUP’s coffin!

I was sent this ‘screenshot’ of what I suppose is the Facebook page of ‘Michael Palmer’, a self-confessed sodomite, announcing that he has responded positively to an invitation from the DUP leadership to join the party.

I have also included here an article about this fool that appears in the ‘The Burning Bush’ back in July 2022.

This decision by Donaldson and Co. will prove to be but another nail in the DUP’s coffin.

The leadership of the party will yet reap a terrible harvest for leading Unionism down the path of sanitising that which God abominates!

“‭Be‭‭ not‭ deceived‭‭; God‭ is‭‭ not‭ mocked‭‭: for‭ whatsoever‭‭ a man‭ soweth‭‭, that‭ shall he‭‭ also‭ reap‭‭.‭ ‭For‭ he that soweth‭‭ to‭ his‭ flesh‭ shall‭‭ of‭ the flesh‭ reap‭‭ corruption‭,‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Galatians 6:7-8.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster

The blinded mind of the sodomite

Published by Ivan Foster on July 1, 2022

This is the concluding sentence of a letter which has appeared in today’s (1/7/22) ‘Belfast Newsletter’. It is from a sodomite member of the Ulster Unionist Party, who signs his name, ‘Michael Palmer’.

I appeal to the DUP leadership to consider allowing its members who are supportive of the LGBT community to attend Belfast Pride. The future of unionism and the union hinges upon LGBT support.”

That there are LGBT supporting members of the DUP may be seen in the endorsing of one who openly acknowledged her perversion as a candidate in the last local council election back in 2019 and who presently sits as a member of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council. She is Alison Bennington who became the DUP’s first openly ‘gay’ candidate to be elected when she won one of 14 DUP seats on that Council.

But there are many other ‘supporters’ of the LGBT  perversions in the DUP as subsequent events and photographs of rejoicing DUP members at her election showed. Click to read more…

Posted on 2024-02-17 a 9:32 pm

The ignorance of our political leaders

Our local newspapers have been filled with comments for and against the ‘deal’ that the DUP leader, Jeffrey Donaldson. made with the British Government, the result of which he and some of his fellow DUPers claim is the removal of the restrictions that the ‘Brexit’ agreement exerted on trade between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.

1882 political satire regarding political leaders “unable” to foresee consequences of their actions.

That claim has been denied by a prominent constitutional lawyer, senior members of the DUP, including a former leader, those who shared the campaign with Jeffrey Donaldson to over throw the  trade restrictions placed upon Northern Ireland  which they claimed excluded Northern Ireland as an equal member of the United Kingdom. All those who led that campaign, with the exception of Jeffrey Donaldson, believe that the border restriction and various regulations detrimental to our ability to trade with our fellow UK countries, have not been removed.

Those party members who support Jeffrey Donaldson have given no evidence in support of their claims but merely parrot-like repeat the trite responses of Donaldson and Co.

It has been acknowledged by officials that the building of border posts to accommodate the ‘Brexit’ arrangements is continuing. This would hardly indicate that the ‘Brexit’ border and its restrictions have gone, as the DUP leadership is claiming.

Why does Jeffrey Donaldson and his lackeys seek to deceive the Protestant people of Northern Ireland?

Whatever deals may have been done between them and those engaged in the negotiations I have no idea.

But I can from the Word of God find out why leaders may act in such a self-deluded, deceitful and unscrupulous manner.

It is this I wish to set before the readers of ‘The Burning Bush’.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


 “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory,” 1 Corinthians 2:7-8.

 These words of Paul are divinely inspired of God and infallibly true! Providence has declared this epistle to be part of that which is referred to as ‘Scripture’ and is declared to be “given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works,” 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

Holy Scripture is endorsed in its proclamations by the manifested truth of all its statements. Our text above is but one example. What it says of the “princes of this world” is abundantly clear world-wide but no place more evidently than here in Northern Ireland! Click to read more…

Posted on 2024-02-16 a 7:06 pm

Irish Sea border: Officials believe 'nothing will change'

Yesterday’s article for the ‘Belfast Newsletter’ had a headline that says it all!

Never in the history of political chicanery here in Northern Ireland has there been such an example of blatant deceit as that being carried out by the DUP and its minions today!

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster

Irish Sea border: Officials believe ‘nothing will change’ as a result of deal accepted by the DUP says Co Fermanagh horse trader who insists ‘we do not have free trade with GB’

A businessman in the livestock trade has said that not only does the Irish Sea border exist, but he expects it to harden in the weeks ahead despite “Jeffrey’s deal”.

Adam Kula

12th February 2024 at 4:06 PM GMT

Felim Crane said that just days ago an official laughed at the idea that things will change for the better as a result of the government’s agreement with the DUP. Click to read more…

Posted on 2024-02-14 a 12:33 am

Bright red lipstick cannot conceal the lie!

DUP Deputy First Minister Emma Little-Pengelly

Three reports on the “DONALDSON DEAL” have appeared in recent news articles.The first appeared on the local BBC News site.

The headlines on it read:

Three top DUP figures say there is ‘no dispute’ that Irish Sea border remains


The second article was in the ‘Belfast Newsletter’. Its headline ran:

(left to right) Lord Maurice Morrow, Lord Nigel Dodds, and Sammy Wilson MP

DUP sidesteps criticism from Lord Nigel Dodds, Lord Maurice Morrow and Sammy Wilson MP, who say Irish Sea Border remains – Deputy First Minister Emma Little-Pengelly defends deal in BBC interview

Here is the third headline:

Gavin Robinson: DUP set out to remove internal trade border in the Irish Sea – and we’ve achieved exactly that

These articles highlight the fact that  leading DUP members are in total disagreement on the success and reality of Jeffrey Donaldson’s Deal!

It is really not too difficult for ‘Mr & Mrs General-Public’ to arrive at what the truth is in this matter. Click to read more…

Posted on 2024-02-12 a 5:36 pm

Irish Presbyterian minister commends Free Presbyterian Church Christian school movement

This is a picture taken by one in attendance at a conference on Christian Education in Richhill Presbyterian Church on February 3rd and forwarded on to me.

It has been reported that a Presbyterian minister in attendance at the conference stated to all that “he thinks the Free Presbyterian Church is doing a significant and vital job in creating Christian schools that needs to be replicated in the UK, as the state is really changing the schooling system.”

Now I welcome such sentiments though I have little hope of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, with its close alliance with the Government on educational matters and its involvement in setting the ecumenical religious curriculum in State schools, ever supporting such a proposal.

What is disconcertingly sad, is that such should be said publicly by an Irish Presbyterian minister in an Irish Presbyterian sponsored conference while so many Free Presbyterian ministers are silent, indeed some even opposing Christian Education!

May the Lord mercifully stir our ministers, elders and parents to see the the evil tactics of the devil at work in the State school system, as dastardly a scheme in its objective as that of Pharaoh’s — “‭And the king‭ of Egypt‭ spake‭‭ to the Hebrew‭ midwives‭‭, of which the name‭ of the one‭ ‭was‭ Shiphrah‭, and the name‭ of the other‭ Puah‭:‭ ‭and he said‭‭, When ye do the office of a midwife‭‭ to the Hebrew women‭, and see‭‭ ‭them‭ upon the stools‭; if it ‭be‭ a son‭, then ye shall kill‭‭ him: but if it ‭be‭ a daughter‭, then she shall live‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Exodus 1:15-16.

Sadly, all too many Christian parents are as were many of the Hebrews back in that dark time. Stephen, the first martyr, said, “But‭ when‭ the time‭ of the promise‭ drew nigh‭‭, which‭ God‭ had sworn‭‭ to Abraham‭, the people‭ grew‭‭ and‭ multiplied‭‭ in‭ Egypt‭,‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ ‭till‭‭ another‭ king‭ arose‭‭, which‭ knew‭‭ not‭ Joseph‭.‭ ‭The same‭ dealt subtilly‭‭ with our‭ kindred‭, and evil entreated‭‭ our‭ fathers‭, so that‭‭ they cast out‭ their‭ young children‭, to the end‭ they might‭‭ not‭ live‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Acts 7:18-19.

It is hard to believe that there were parents who cooperated with Pharaoh and yielded to his murderous purpose and yet what do we see today??

Is it not the same spirit at work within Ulster, even within the Free Presbyterian Church, which is causing Christian parents to submissively send their children to be educated under a system which will poison their minds and souls to the truth of God with unspeakable eternal consequences?

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd)

Posted on 2024-02-10 a 8:00 pm

Government’s response to the petition to repeal RSI

Here is the Government’s response to the petition to: “Repeal Relationships and Sexuality Education (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2023”.

The response is contained in an email to my wife and myself received today from the “The Petitions team – UK Government and Parliament”

Please note that:


The RSI scheme entails:—

“This document highlights two areas that should concern every born again believer and especially every Free Presbyterian. One has been the case for some time. The other I believe more recent:

1. Religious Education as defined by the four main Churches [Roman Catholic, Church of Ireland, Presbyterian, & Methodist] and filtered through an Equality Impact Assessment is compulsory for every pupil in a state school.

This means that anything approaching the Gospel is flushed out of this syllabus. This is just an aneamic, bland excuse for the Truth and a blatant exercise in ecumenism that is being taught to Free Presbyterians!

2. Equally worrying is that Relationships and Sexuality Education [RSE] & Citizenship Education is specifically said to include the teaching of respect for sodomy. By respect we all know they mean acceptance.

How can this be right? I do not see how it can be right to oppose Sodomy on one hand and on the other live in a day when Free Presbyterians place their children under such teaching. A house divided against itself cannot stand, Matt 12:25. Click to read more…

Posted on 2024-02-09 a 4:46 pm

Speech by Mr Jim Allister, leader of the TUV party

Here is a link to a speech in the opening hours of the new Stormont Assembly.

It is speech by Mr Jim Allister, leader of the Traditional Unionist Voice party.

He truly is a lone voice in the Assembly, forcefully pointing out the hypocritical farce that the ‘Donaldson Deal’ has given birth to.

Below this link are other speeches by Mr Allister.

Remember this man in prayer please.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster

Posted on 2024-02-08 a 5:21 pm

A Godly and commendable defiance!

Blind Bartimaeous kneeling before Christ

“‭And‭ they came‭‭ to‭ Jericho‭: and‭ as he‭ went‭‭ out of‭ Jericho‭ with‭ his‭ disciples‭ and‭ a great‭ number of people‭, blind‭ Bartimaeus‭, the son‭ of Timaeus‭, sat‭‭ by‭ the highway side‭ begging‭‭.‭ ‭And‭ when he heard‭‭ that‭ it was‭‭ Jesus‭ of Nazareth‭, he began‭‭ to cry out‭‭, and‭ say‭‭, Jesus‭, ‭thou‭ Son‭ of David‭, have mercy‭‭ on me‭.‭ ‭And‭ many‭ charged‭‭ him‭ that‭ he should hold his peace‭‭: but‭ he cried‭‭ the more‭ a great deal‭, ‭Thou‭ Son‭ of David‭, have mercy‭‭ on me‭.‭ ‭And‭ Jesus‭ stood still‭‭, and commanded‭‭ him‭ to be called‭‭. And‭ they call‭‭ the blind man‭, saying‭‭ unto him‭, Be of good comfort‭‭, rise‭‭; he calleth‭‭ thee‭.‭ ‭And‭ he, casting away‭‭ his‭ garment‭, rose‭‭, and came‭‭ to‭ Jesus‭.‭ ‭And‭ Jesus‭ answered‭‭ and said‭‭ unto him‭, What‭ wilt‭‭ thou that I should do‭‭ unto thee‭?‭ The blind man‭ said‭‭ unto him‭, Lord‭, that‭ I might receive my sight‭‭.‭ ‭And‭ Jesus‭ said‭‭ unto him‭, Go thy way‭‭; thy‭ faith‭ hath made‭‭ thee‭ whole‭‭. And‭ immediately‭ he received his sight‭‭, and‭ followed‭‭ Jesus‭ in‭ the way‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Mark 10:46-52.

This morning, (Wednesday) I read the above chapter with its story of the healing of a man whose spirit I so admire and rejoice over. I look forward to meeting ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭Bartimaeus‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ in glory and talking over with him his wonderful healing.

As I read Mark’s account of this wonderful event, I jotted down in the margins of my Bible some headings, springing from my observation of the record of the incident as given by Mark.

I would like to share them with you.


“Blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.”

Little can we imagine just what depths of impoverishment someone who was blind was required to endure back in those days! Perhaps if we did we would appreciate to a great degree the support that is enjoyed by someone with a like affliction today!

There was very little a blind man back then could do to earn a ‘crust’! Virtually all useful employment was beyond such.

Begging was the only door open to poor Bartimaeus. The word Greek word translated ‘begging’ (prosaiteo) appears only in the three gospel accounts of the healing of Bartimaeus and the blind man of John 9:1, another man whose spirit and demeanour I so much admire.

I think is something very moving and heartbreaking about a blind man begging. Because of his affliction he could never see the face of any who kindly responded, he could not himself gauge just what it was they gave him and he certainly would not see the many expressions of disgust on the faces of those who despised him in his wretchedness! Click to read more…

Posted on 2024-02-08 a 5:15 pm

Further down the 'slippery slope'!

DUP man, Edwin Poots and Varadkar at Stormont

The DUP’s  newly ‘resurrected’ power-sharing arrangement with Sinn Fein signals a new and more dangerous constitutional situation in Northern Ireland. The present political scene in Stormont is decidedly worse than the previously shameful set of circumstances, that were brought in by the DUP’s 2007 sell-out to power-sharing with Sinn Fein, as this BBC news report indicates.

UK and Ireland leaders visit Northern Ireland to mark Stormont return

The joint visit by ‘Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Taoiseach (Irish PM) Leo Varadkar’ to meet with the leaders of Sinn Fein and the DUP, surely must indicate that we have ‘joint control’ operating over northern Ireland by the London and Dublin governments! I am sure that Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill, the First Minister, would doubtless have insisted on Varadkar being here as an indication of Dublin’s role in our affairs! The DUP’s  Deputy First Minister Emma Little-Pengelly and Assembly Speaker, DUP man, Edwin Poots, were both photographed standing by lamely as this republican ‘advance’ of its political objectives  was confirmed!

Emma Little-Pengelly welcomes Varadkar

Having failed to get rid of the ‘post-Brexit trade rules’, despite loudly proclaiming that he had, Jeffrey Donaldson has led the DUP, and Unionism generally, into a further degrading of our constitutional position within the United Kingdom. This is indicated by the Dublin Prime Minister, the self-confessed sodomite, Leo Varadkar, being welcomed to Stormont alongside the British Prime Minister by the DUP, thus signifying that he has a place in the directing of the affair of Northern Ireland.

Far from leading Unionism into ‘good times’, as he has declared, Donaldson has only managed to ‘grease the downward slide’ and accelerate the demise of our Protestant heritage!

“O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself . . . O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.,”  Hosea 13:9, 4:1.

“Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets. Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the LORD their God,” 2 Kings 17:13-14. (Please read all of 2 Kings 17)

“The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves,” Isaiah 3:9.

“Hast thou not procured this unto thyself, in that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, when he led thee by the way?  . . . . Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts,” Jeremiah 2:17, 19.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster

Posted on 2024-02-05 a 4:54 pm

Stormont today!!

It’s 2007 all over again but much further down the road started on by unionism back then!

It is quite amazing the degree of delusion and self-deception that abounds in Stormont Buildings today. Chief amongst the beguiled is the DUP party. As in 2007, they are afloat on the cloudy notions that their fresh sell-out of what remains of Unionism’s life and liberty here, will usher in a day of blessing and bounty for this province!

How such a thing could be in the wake of their scandalous climbdown and their peddling of such as that which a former Northern Ireland Attorney General and acknowledged ‘constitutional legal expert’, says is absolutely NOT what Jefrey Donaldson and his self-seeking cronies claim it to be!

Hailing a uniting together with the evil liberal views of the Ulster Unionist Party and the Alliance Party, both supporters of abortion, sodomy and LGBT+ perversities, the blatantly sectarian nationalists of the SDLP, and and all this that under the leadership of Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neil, as a prescription that bodes well for this land can only lead to utter failure and further misery.

The reader and believer of the Bible is better placed than the most acclaimed ‘political commentator’ to anticipate just where this evil political amalgam will take the country. The Holy Scriptures have many examples of such misguided forays by nations and the sad consequences. The Christian, in these days of confusion and claims and counter-claims, would be very wise to stay close to their Bibles. Far from being outdated and and irrelevant, it is away ahead of the times!

Let us ever heed the words of Isaiah. “Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors. Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it,” Isaiah 46:8-11. Click to read more…

Posted on 2024-02-03 a 7:47 pm

Legal advice from John Larkin KC on DUP deal

I hasten to post this link to the response of the former Attorney General and leading constitutional lawyer, John Larkin KC, to a request from those who shared most of the anti-Protocol platforms with Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, namely, Ben Habib, Baroness Hoey, Jim Allister and Jamie Bryson, for his legal opinion on the DUP deal.

Here it is and it will not make good reading for supporters of the ‘Donaldson Deal’!!

Legal advice from John Larkin KC on DUP deal

TUV leader, Jim Allister provided a response to John Larkin’s legal assessment of the ‘Donaldson Deal’.

TUV leader reacts to Stormont deal legal advice

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster

Posted on 2024-02-02 a 8:28 pm

The book of Esther - Part 2

A picture book of the final deliverance of God’s Jewish remnant in the last days!

As I stated in the first part of this study, I began reading the book of Esther as part of  my daily Bible readings on January 24th. It came home to me afresh that it is a narrative that is truly suggestive of the events the Jewish people will encounter at the close of this age just prior to the Lord’s return to deliver the remnant of them that will have escaped the Antichrist’s attempt to destroy them. He will also return to slay the latter-day ‘Haman’, who has a very clear likeness in his murderous hatred of the ancient people of God to the Antichrist who is to come.

Esther Denouncing Haman (1888) by Ernest Normand

I have already set before you two main points for consideration, I come now to my third main point.


This terrible time of tribulation will serve to awaken the Jews to just how lost they are without the Lord. God in His sovereign grace and mercy will use the actions of Antichrist to humble His people. It is thus spoken of by Zechariah. “And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God,” Zechariah 13:8-9.

No foreshadowing in Scripture ever tallies in every point with that of which it is a portent. We all, I am sure, recognise in the battle between David and Goliath a picture of the confrontation between the Lord Jesus and the Antichrist. However, we must allow for slight divergences of detail. I will only mention one. The battle between the Lord and Antichrist will take place in the vicinity of Jerusalem whereas David slew Goliath in the valley of Elah, some 20 miles from Jerusalem by road. Click to read more…

Posted on 2024-02-02 a 8:00 am

Moygashel Rally condemning 'Donaldson's Deal'

This a report copied from yesterday’s ‘Belfast Telegraph’ of the Moygashel Rally condemning the ‘Donaldson’s Deal’.

The newspaper’s report has emphasised the comments of Jamie Bryson, who is designated a ‘Loyalist Activist’ in the media here.

Hopefully we will have details of Mr Jim Allister’s comments at the rally very soon.

TUV leader Jim Allister MLA, Jamie Bryson and TUV councillor Timothy Gaston during a public meeting at Moygashel Orange Hall, near Dungannon

I wish to add one comment and that is that I cannot endorse Mr Bryson’s opinion when he says:—

“I must also mention gallant principled people such as Carla Lockhart, Ian Paisley, Paul Girvan, Michelle McIlveen, Paul Frew, and Jonny Buckley.

“Those are just some of the people who have taken a stand, and continue to stand firm on the promises the DUP made whilst sadly the leadership have surrendered.”

Amongst those named by Mr Bryson are members of the DUP who found acceptable in the past, and have given no indication that such is no longer their opinion, power-sharing with Sin Fein/IRA, even when Martin McGuinness, the self-confessed IRA gunman, was Joint First Minister! Click to read more…

Posted on 2024-02-01 a 11:30 pm

Only seeing half the problem!

This is worth a read and some very good points are made, BUT I have to ask the question: How does a man who see the  political ‘moral decay’, fail to see that the decay started in the ecumenical churches, of which he is a member of one the leading ecumenical denominations!

The Bible’s teaching on ’separation’ from sin and heresy has been ignored and rejected by many professing ‘evangelicals’ and THIS has been one of the main, indeed, it is the MAIN reason for the state we are in.

Men in pulpits have gone along with the embracing of immoral perversions, the unbiblical ordination of women as ministers, the rejection of the inspiration of Holy Scripture and many other ‘liberal lies’ and thus led their flocks into that same rejection of God and His truth.

We cannot defy God and not reap disaster and then expect His help in the time of trouble!

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


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Posted on 2024-02-01 a 8:20 pm

The lies don't change -- they just get bigger

Jim Allister says that under the new DUP-UK deal, NI will still retain red and green lanes, an Irish Sea Border and EU jurisdiction on trade laws.

I can only rejoice in the providence of God that we have at this time a man with Jim Allister’s abilities and integrity. His examination of the ‘Donaldson Deal’ shows it to be one of the biggest political shams ever to be foisted upon a people.

If the DUP accept this scandalous arrangement, then it will be their political ‘death certificate’!

I suspect that there is a London/EU element to this ‘Deal’. It is the goal of both these manipulators to promote a ‘United Ireland’.

The DUP’s agreement has brought about the re-opening of Stormont, this time with a First Minister who gave her complete endorsement to the terrorism of the IRA. Under Michelle O’Neill, and she already boasts of this, the campaign to take Northern Ireland completely out of the UK and under the Irish Republic, will be freshly energised!

I commend this article to our readers.


Northern Ireland Protocol: TUV leader Jim Allister says DUP deal with government retains red and green lanes, Irish Sea Border and EU jurisdiction over Province

Jim Allister says that under the new DUP-UK deal, NI will still retain red and green lanes, an Irish Sea Border and EU laws.

‘Belfast Newsletter’
By Philip Bradfield
Published 31st Jan 2024, 18:01 GMT

Mr Allister was speaking after the Government published the proposed legislation behind its new deal with the DUP to restore Stormont.

The legislation is intended to address unionist concerns that the Northern Ireland Protocol has undermined the Province’s place in the union in commercial, constitutional and regulatory terms.

After studying the new legislation, Mr Allister said: “Our Union is still ruptured – the only difference now being that the DUP is stepping up as Protocol implementers.” Click to read more…

Posted on 2024-02-01 a 8:12 pm