A part of the high price Ulster is paying . . . .

The Destruction of Sodom And Gomorrah, by John Martin, 1852

Here are some thoughts which arose from the reading my Psalm for today, Psalm 12.

May you find profit for your soul in the article.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


“‭The wicked‭ walk‭‭ on every side‭, when the vilest‭ men‭‭ are exalted‭‭.‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Psalm 12:8.

Christians look on the violating of our streets by those who flaunt and rejoice in their perverted iniquity with grief and heartache. The vexing of Lot was slight in comparison to that which a lover of God and Truth experience as they view the parading of the evils of Sodom throughout the world in these latter days.

As we have often said, the Lord Jesus indicated that that which precipitated the fiery destruction of the cities of Sodom‭ and Gomorrah‬ (Genesis 19:28-2; Jude 1:7), would mark the final days of this age as mankind in its rebellion against the Lord would repudiate all that is revealed in God’s Word and plunge back into the swamp of immorality, from which nations were wondrously delivered to a great measure during the gospel era.

“‭Likewise‭ also‭ as‭ it was‭‭ in‭ the days‭ of Lot‭; they did eat‭‭, they drank‭‭, they bought‭‭, they sold‭‭, they planted‭‭, they builded‭‭;‭ ‭but‭‭ the same day‭ that Lot‭ went‭‭ out of‭ Sodom‭ it rained‭‭ fire‭ and‭ brimstone‭ from‭ heaven‭, and‭ destroyed‭‭ ‭them‭ all‭.‭ ‭Even‭ thus‭ shall it be‭‭ in the day‭‭ when the Son‭ of man‭ is revealed‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Luke 17:28-30. That evil night has begun to descend upon the nations, our own being no exception.

Such developments can be traced to the activities of the devil for he is the agent of deception amongst nations. His deceptions will cease for a time when the Saviour returns. “‭And‭ I saw‭‭ an angel‭ come down‭‭ from‭ heaven‭, having‭‭ the key‭ of the bottomless pit‭ and‭ a great‭ chain‭ in‭ his‭ hand‭.‭ ‭And‭ he laid hold on‭‭ the dragon‭, that old‭ serpent‭, which‭ is‭‭ the Devil‭, and‭ Satan‭, and‭ bound‭‭ him‭ a thousand‭ years‭,‭ ‭and‭ cast‭‭ him‭ into‭ the bottomless pit‭, and‭ shut‭‭ him‭ up‭‭, and‭ set a seal‭‭ upon‭ him‭, that‭‭ he should deceive‭‭ the nations‭ no‭ more‭, till‭ the thousand‭ years‭ should be fulfilled‭‭: and‭ after‭ that‭ he‭ must‭‭ be loosed‭‭ a little‭ season‭,‭”‬ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬Revelation 20:1-3.

That ‘little season’ will end with his eternal damnation in the lake of fire.

“‭And‭ when‭ the thousand‭ years‭ are expired‭‭, Satan‭ shall be loosed‭‭ out of‭ his‭ prison‭,‭ ‭and‭ shall go out‭‭ to deceive‭‭ the nations‭ which‭ are in‭ the four‭ quarters‭ of the earth‭, Gog‭ and‭ Magog‭, to gather‭‭ them‭ together‭‭ to‭ battle‭: the number‭ of whom‭ ‭is‭ as‭ the sand‭ of the sea‭.‭ ‭And‭ they went up‭‭ on‭ the breadth‭ of the earth‭, and‭ compassed‭‭ the camp‭ of the saints‭ about‭‭, and‭ the beloved‭‭ city‭: and‭ fire‭ came down‭‭ from‭ God‭ out of‭ heaven‭, and‭ devoured‭‭ them‭.‭ ‭And‭ the devil‭ that deceived‭‭ them‭ was cast‭‭ into‭ the lake‭ of fire‭ and‭ brimstone‭, where‭ the beast‭ and‭ the false prophet‭ ‭are‭, and‭ shall be tormented‭‭ day‭ and‭ night‭ for‭ ever‭ and ever‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Revelation 20:7-10.

The devil cannot accomplish his evil purpose without the utilisation of men and women. We see this in the betrayal of the Lord Jesus by Judas. “‭And‭ supper‭ being ended‭‭, the devil‭ having now‭ put‭‭ into‭ the heart‭ of Judas‭ Iscariot‭, Simon’s‭ ‭son‭, to‭ betray‭‭ him‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ John 13:2.

Sadly he is able also to use those who are truly saved when they in folly yield to ambition, greed or pride. It happened to great David. “‭And Satan‭ stood up‭‭ against Israel‭, and provoked‭‭ David‭ to number‭‭ Israel‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 1 Chronicles 21:1.

This act by David brought God’s judgment upon the nation. “And God‭ was displeased‭‭‭ with this thing‭; therefore he smote‭‭ Israel‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭1 Chronicles 21:7.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ The whole nation came under judgment for it foolishly became involved with David’s folly.

It has to said in David’s favour, that he repented of his folly and took responsibility for the wrong which troubled the nation. “And David‭ said‭‭ unto God‭, I have sinned‭‭ greatly‭, because I have done‭‭ this thing‭: but now, I beseech thee, do away‭‭ the iniquity‭ of thy servant‭; for I have done very‭ foolishly‭‭.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ . . . ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬And David‭ said‭‭ unto Gad‭, I am in a great‭ strait‭: let me fall‭‭ now into the hand‭ of the LORD‭; for very‭ great‭ ‭are‭ his mercies‭: but let me not fall‭‭ into the hand‭ of man‭.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬So the LORD‭ sent‭‭ pestilence‭ upon Israel‭: and there fell‭‭ of Israel‭ seventy‭ thousand‭ men‭,‭”‬ ‬1‭ ‬Chronicles 21:8, 13-14. ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

I would urge you read the record of the whole incident.

The text at the beginning of this article (part of my daily reading this morning) links the wicked walking on ‘every side’ with the exalting of the vilest of men. The exalting of such in Ulster took place in a most significant manner in 2007, when the DUP, in order to obtain for themselves, a place of power, were prepared to share with Sinn Fein/IRA a position of equal status with themselves. Dr Ian Paisley shared the office of First Minister with self-confessed terrorist, Martin McGuinness, with the full support of the DUP membership, minus those, who in subjection to their conscience, withdrew in protest at the sellout of all the DUP had previously professed and promised their constituents.

Without a shadow of doubt the present tragic decline in the well-being of Unionism and its hopes, along with the state of utter helpless humiliation into which the DUP has sunk, may be traced back to that shameful, unprincipled and asinine decision. It brought a sad and shameful conclusion to the life of one who in his earlier years saw the blessing of God upon his labours. It also has brought the Province and the future of the Protestant people under God’s judgment for the DUP’s decision encouraged an alignment by the Protestant people with the ecumenical churches which hailed, extolled and applauded the DUP betrayal.

Despite the sadly abundant proof of the DUP’s folly, there is not the merest iota of the repentance which David manifested when he was confronted with his wrong-doing, as is seen in the passage in 1 Chronicles 21, which we have already mentioned. Instead of repentance, we have had examples of the continuing defence by DUP stooges of that costly error, even of late in the BBC programme, ‘The House of Paisley’.

The embracing of Ecumenism by Unionists, with its objectives of the rejection of the Bible and the holy principles of the Protestant Reformation, accelerated Ulster’s downward path and to a great degree, negated the Free Presbyterian witness to this generation that they should forsake the camp of apostasy in obedience to God.

The evidence of the judgment of God upon the Province is seen in the ever enlarging influence and prestige of the unclean and utterly unnatural lifestyle of the sodomite collective and its allies — those who ludicrously espouse the insanity of transgenderism — in the affairs of the land. There is a kowtowing to the obscene movement by churches, politicians, educationalists, merchants and the general public in a manner and to a degree that surely must have us recognise that such support comes about by the deception of the devil.

That being the case and the Word of God, the only source of true and eternal wisdom, supports such a conclusion, then we should recognise that the Saviour’s return is not too far in the distance.

“The night‭ is far spent‭‭,‭ the day‭ is at hand‭‭: let us‭‭ therefore‭ cast off‭‭ the works‭ of darkness‭, and‭ let us put on‭‭ the armour‭ of light‭,‭”‬ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬Romans 13:12.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

This is the challenge for every true believer in these evil times.

Rev Ivan Foster

7th April 2023