August 2021

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Why were family's IRA killers pardoned?

Here is a story that epitomises the placating of republican terrorists and the injustice done to the innocent over a lengthy period here in Ulster.

Those in authority, politicians complicit in the betrayal and our local police, will have a lot to answer for in ‘that great day’ when all “‭shall give‭‭ account‭ to him that is‭‭ ready‭ to judge‭‭ the quick‭‭ and‭ the dead‭,” 1Peter 4:5.

Such grief is to be remembered in prayer.

Ivan Foster

Dromore woman asks why family’s IRA killers were pardoned

A woman whose parents and sister were murdered in an IRA firebomb attack in County Down 45 years ago wants to know why their killers were pardoned.

Willie Herron, his wife Beth and their daughter Noeline died in an attack on their drapery shop in Dromore in 1976.

All three were in their home above the shop when the building was destroyed.

Joy Bingham has appealed to the UK government to explain to her family why two sisters were granted Royal Prerogatives of Mercy. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-08-27 a 9:02 pm

Prospects of the Ten Kingdoms - Part 9

We continue with our extracts from Benjamin Wills Newton’s book, Prospects of the Ten Kingdoms, the chapter 14 —


We come to Part 9, which covers from the top of page 345 to the end of the ‘note’ on page 349.

Click here to see the other articles about this book.

It (the earthly Jerusalem in Millennial days – Editor) is well fitted, therefore, to be the centre of truth, and the centre of governmental influence in the earth; and being sustained in righteousness through grace, it will not fail in its high calling. “In righteousness thou shalt be established.” “Their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the peoples: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed whom the Lord has blessed.” “The children of Jerusalem shall be made princes in all the earth,” and the nations shall at last be regulated according to God. They shall be made glad as with new wine — wine which they had never tasted· before — no longer the wine of the wrath of the fornication of the daughter of Babylon. We can well understand, therefore, why it should be said; “for Zion’s sake, will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake, I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth . . . . ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence, and give Him no rest, till He establish, and till He make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”* Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-08-25 a 1:04 am

A denial and clarification from Mr Sam Wilson MP

I have been in correspondence with Mr Sam Wilson MP and I wish to put on record what he has said in response to my private email to him regarding the dreadful and most offensive words used in the headline of the report of a statement he issued to the “Belfast Telegraph” of August 19th.

The report clearly implied that the words they used in the headline were the words Mr Wilson employed.

I am very glad to receive the following statement from Mr Wilson.

“I assure you I did not use those words I simply quoted what Biden was reported to have said in the daily express or mail can’t remember which one I saw it in and it was those words I pointed out to the BT. I assure you it is not language which I use or have ever done so.”

Having known Mr Wilson for nigh on half a century, it grieved me to see the report and I am pleased with this clarification.

Sincerely in Christ,

Ivan Foster

Posted on 2021-08-23 a 5:55 pm

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Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church

Lord’s Day 22nd August

Both morning (11:30) and evening (7:00) services:

(Parts 1 & 2)

“And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death. He that abideth in this city shall die by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence: but he that goeth out, and falleth to the Chaldeans that besiege you, he shall live, and his life shall be unto him for a prey,”
Jeremiah 21:8-9.

Preacher at both services:

Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd)

We would welcome visitors at these services
or via our live on-line video broadcasts

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Posted on 2021-08-22 a 12:01 am

The growing stench of death from the DUP camp

Blossom End Rot

It seems that each day brings a fresh revelation of the corruption and depravity that has taken over the DUP.

Here are the latest signs of the death of this party!

Ivan Foster

How can any denomination that fears the Lord tolerate within its membership those who support a party which rejoices in that which the Lord abominates and tolerates the use of the foulest of language from one of its leading MPs??

A Question for the Presbytery of the Free Presbyterian Church and members of the whole church.

How can anyone who professes to love and fear the Lord remain in membership of the DUP? Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-08-20 a 6:12 pm

Defiers of Dublin rule jailed for non-payment of fines

Foster and Gillespie, Paisley and McCrea, Beattie and Poots jailed at weekly intervals

(Report from ‘The Burning Bush’ of February 1988)

On Tuesday 12th January at 10.15am Rev Ivan Foster was arrested at his church and taken to Belfast Prison on the Crumlin Road. The following day, Ald Roy Gillespie from Ahoghill, Co Antrim was likewise incarcerated.

Because they came in on different days they did not meet up with each other until Thursday afternoon. They shared a cell for their last night in prison.

Alderman Gillespie was glad to be in the more respectable (only just) company of Rev Foster as he had spent the previous night with two provos who had been arrested for possession of explosives.

Having been in the Crumlin Road prison on three previous occasions Mr Foster was quite familiar with the routine. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-08-19 a 8:14 pm

A word from prisoner number 1425

An article by Rev. Ivan Foster 

(Written for a ‘pre-digital’ edition of The Burning Bush shortly after a third spell in jail in April 1986) 

Rev. Ivan Foster was arrested at his church in Kilskeery in Co. Tyrone on Monday 21 April (1986) and taken to Crumlin Road Jail to serve a sentence of 14 days for refusing to pay a fine imposed upon him for his part in a protest against the R. U. C. carrying out Dublin’s orders to ban the Protestant parade in Castlewellan last July (1985). With full remission of sentence, and, because the Prison does not have weekend releases, Mr. Foster was set free on Friday 25 April.

To have a prison record was not exactly the main ambition of my life. Yet it has now happened to me three times.

Of course I could have avoided all three imprisonments but only at the cost of grieving my conscience. In 1966, 1969 and now in 1986 I chose to go to prison rather than willingly comply with the punishment meted out to me by the courts. Each time I forced the authorities to imprison me as a protest against the betrayal of our civil and religious heritage. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-08-19 a 7:52 pm

Mrs. Ethel Smyth -- Precious in the sight of the Lord ...

Here is a report in today’s “Irish News” of the death of Mrs Ethel Smyth, who was a Christian in her late eighties. She was a lady who fearlessly battled against the evils of Sinn Fein/IRA in her days in politics.

In truth, she was a little too hot for the DUP back when she was active in local politics.

I attempted to take part in the Castlewellan protest mentioned in this report. A friend and I were stopped at a RUC checkpoint and prevented from entering Castlewellan and joining the protest. We were taken to court on the false evidence of a police constable. His evidence against me was utterly demolished by the cross examination of Mr Jim Allister QC. It was so clear that he was telling falsehoods that the Resident Magistrate, trying the case, angrily dismissed him from the witness box. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-08-19 a 6:50 pm

Prospects of the Ten Kingdoms - Part 8

We continue with our extracts from Benjamin Wills Newton’s book, Prospects of the Ten Kingdoms, the chapter 14 —


We come to Part 8, which covers from the top of page 342 to the end of the ‘note’ on page 345.

Click here to see the other articles about this book.

The great distinctive characteristic however of Zion, will be, not so much in the glory that is on it, as in the glory which is above it. “Ye shall see,” said the Lord Jesus, “heaven opened.” The heavens were not opened in peaceful blessing over Sinai. Sinai was the claim of God’s unsatisfied holiness and it ended in the heavens being as brass, and the earth as iron. But Zion will be the witness, that the claim of holiness has been satisfied, and that the sweet savour of peace, through the one accepted sacrifice, has ascended into the heavens. The heavenly places therefore, not made with hands, shall be opened towards Zion and the earth, and the Heavenly City of the saints made manifest, in token, that God has by ONE, even by Immanuel, the Son of His bosom, been glorified in the earth, and that He thenceforward designs to give according to the value of that which He hath received. It will be· the hour of descending blessing.

The truths that pertain to Israel  (for to them belong the promises and the covenants)* have not been inoperative during the time that the nation of Israel has been scorning them. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-08-18 a 6:10 pm

Police in Northern Ireland Biased and Partial

Bobby Story funeral parade

It has been headlined in the ‘Belfast Telegraph’ of today (17/8/21)

PSNI to refund fines handed out to Black Lives Matter protesters

This is the second time within a few days that the leadership of the police here in Northern Ireland  has been shown up as being utterly biased and pro-Irish Republicans!

On 10th August, police arrested a man for preaching in the open-air in Larne, Co. Antrim. A short time after his arrest he was de-arrested because the arresting officers had obviously made a mistake. The video of the arrest made the arresting officers to appear stupid and thick. It would appear they acted upon the complaint of one person because the preacher had made a brief mention of ‘homosexuality’.

This attitude stands in very stark contrast to the PSNI’s decision to ignore that defiance of the law by the entire Sinn Fein leadership and thousands of its members when they paraded at the funeral of convicted IRA terrorist, Bobby Storey on 30th June 2020. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-08-17 a 11:20 pm

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Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church

Lord’s Day 15th August

47th Anniversary of the Opening of the First Church Building

 (17th August 1974)

Preacher at a Special Afternoon of Prayer, 3.00 pm

Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd)

(There will be no 7.00 pm meeting)


“‭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.”
Exodus 32:26-27.

All are welcome to join us at this meeting.

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Posted on 2021-08-15 a 12:01 am

DUP mayor launches 'Gay Pride' event in Londonderry

This shameful support of a celebration of sodomy by the DUP mayor of Londonderry, Alderman Graham Warke, MUST require every Christian member and supporter of the DUP to condemn the action and withdraw all support from this political party governed by utter hypocrisy!

No equivocation or excuse-making can cover for this defiance of God’s truth and the testimony of the Reformed Faith.

The Free Presbyterian Church must surely look seriously at the continuing membership of any who maintain their membership of the DUP.

Failure to do so brings into question the allegiance of the Free Presbyterian Church to the Lord and raises the question as to the future membership of the God-fearing within its ranks!

Ivan Foster

Foyle Pride will run from Monday, August 23, until Sunday, August 29

Details of this year’s Foyle Pride have been released as the team launched their packed programme.

Derry Mayor Alderman Graham Warke joined Kathleen Bradley, Festival Chair, and Martin McConnellogue at the launch of the 28th Foyle Pride Festival programme this week.

Mayor Warke said: “I’m delighted as Mayor to play a small part in this fantastic annual event, and I want to congratulate the organisers who have put together a wonderful online programme with loads to look forward to.

Read the whole article here.


Posted on 2021-08-13 a 5:55 pm

Hell’s defiant cries against God, His truth and His people!

The ‘air’ is ever more filled with the sounds of Hell’s defiant cries against God and His truth and His people!

Today, my attention was drawn to a number of events which clearly denote the advance of wickedness.

1. Read the dreadful announcement by the Scottish Government:

“Scotland will let pupils change gender aged FOUR without their parents’ consent – and tells teachers not to question a child’s request to choose a new name or use a different toilet”

2. Read the shameful report of the NI police in Larne when they wrongly, it would appear, arrested a man for preaching in the open-air:

“LGBT row: Peter Tatchell rejects PSNI arrest of preacher on anti-gay ‘hate speech’ allegation”

Here is also a letter I submitted but yesterday to the ‘Belfast Newsletter’. My questioning whether or not it would be published seems to have spurred on its publication!


I am one who has refused the currently available vaccines for combatting Covid-19 infection, not because I am against vaccines but because in the manufacturing of them use was made, in one way or another, of foetal material, either in their production or testing.

I am not too hopeful of this letter being published because such a view is considered ‘unhelpful’ by all who are part of the official drive for vaccination.

However, there are Christians in the various branches of the health service who will come under increasing pressure to be vaccinated with one of the currently available vaccines, all of which as we have said have made use, in one way or another, of foetal material.

We do not allege that there is any foetal material in the actual vaccine, something constantly denied by way of an answer to any query raised on the subject. This response is mere sophistry and evasion! The vaccine manufacturers which have made use of foetal material in the production of their products, have openly acknowledged that fact.

Just when are ethical vaccines such as ‘Valneva’, ‘CureVac’, ‘GSK/Sanofi Pasteur’, which it is claimed by government sources that millions of doses have been ordered, going to be made available to Bible believers?

Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd)
Kilskeery, Co. Tyrone.
12th August 2021.

Posted on 2021-08-13 a 5:43 pm

Yvonne Dunlop murder: Justice Minister Naomi Long blasts ‘heavily edited’ story of IRA hunger striker Thomas McElwee

Thomas McElwee grave

A ‘Belfast Newsletter’ article today (11/7/21) carried the following headline.

Yvonne Dunlop murder: Justice Minister Naomi Long blasts ‘heavily edited’ story of IRA hunger striker Thomas McElwee

Justice Minister Naomi Long has accused Sinn Fein of launching a ‘heavily edited’ film about a hunger striker which omitted that he was jailed for a firebomb which burned a young mother-of-three to death.

The Justice Minster was correct in condemning Sinn Fein’s film on the hunger-striker who committed suicide as part of the Sinn Fein/IRA ‘blanket’ protest some 40 years ago.

The film content would have been made with Sinn Fein’s own bloodthirsty and sadistic supporters in mind. Glorifying McElwee as a ‘Hero of Ireland’, a ‘Martyr for the cause of Irish freedom’ and one who killed ‘Brits’ would be what they wanted to hear.

They would not be interested in the fact that he murdered a mother of three children, Mrs Yvonne Dunlop, when she was burned to death by a firebomb, in her father’s shop in Ballymena,  for which McElwee was jailed. She was a Protestant and a British citizen, therefore Sinn Fein supporters would have neither concern or compassion for her or her family. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-08-11 a 9:55 pm

Prospects of the Ten Kingdoms - Part 7

We continue with our extracts from Benjamin Wills Newton’s book, Prospects of the Ten Kingdoms, the chapter 14 —


We come to Part 7, which covers from the top of page 336 to the end of page 341.

Click here to see the other articles about this book.

The distinctive spiritual characteristics of Christianity, therefore, will not alter in the Millennium : on the contrary, it will be the sphere in which they will be exhibited more perfectly than they ever have been.

In this present Dispensation, the corporate testimony of Christianity early failed. The Church at Jerusalem was scattered — the Gentile Churches retained not their separateness-the corporate testimony of Christianity ceased to bear witness for God — and that of individual Christians has been isolated and feeble in the midst of abounding evil. “Because iniquity shall abound, the love of the greater part shall wax cold.” But when the corporate testimony of Christianity has been transferred to Israel, it will never again fail, or be dishonoured. Christ, as the Head of Israel, will discipline and sustain them. They shall have “teachers who shall not be removed into a corner any more” — “their eye shall behold them” — “the Spirit shall be poured out upon them from on high” — they shall hear a voice, that shall say, “this is the way, walk ye in it.” Their Church-position is symbolised in the Scripture, by one golden candlestick fed perpetually by golden oil — a candlestick never to be removed. (Zech. iv.) Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-08-11 a 9:50 pm

What the Bible has to say about 'Climate Change'!

Yesterday, a report on ‘climate change’ was released amidst great ‘breast-beating’ amongst evolutionists and those blind to what the Bible reveals to us of the future of God’s Creation!

Basically the report stated ‘that global warming could make parts of the world uninhabitable’. The world will face drought in many parts and flooding in other areas with rising temperatures resulting from ‘greenhouse gas emissions’ the cause of it all.

World leaders including UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson have called the report a ‘wake-up call to the world’.

Sadly, it is a call to ‘wake-up’ to the lie and deception of evolution! Man will remain blind and indifferent and ‘fast asleep’ to the Word of Truth.

Just what does the Bible reveal to us regarding ‘climate change’ for it does mention it many times. What the Scriptures say, for the Christian, takes total precedence over the ‘bletherings’ of any UN spokesmen on any subject.


That is made clear throughout the Scriptures. I will quote just a few verses to show that this is so.

“Who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields,” Job 5:10.

“To cause it to rain on the earth, [where] no man [is; on] the wilderness, wherein [there is] no man; To satisfy the desolate and waste [ground]; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth? Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew?” Job 38:26-28. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-08-10 a 7:23 pm

Sinn Fein lies which whitewash vicious murder

Sinn Fein – Gerry Adams & Michelle O’Neill

This week begins, as most weeks begin, with another blast of Sinn Fein ‘disinformation’! The report which follows appeared in the ‘Belfast Telegraph of  August 09 2021.

The words of Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill are to be condemned as most of her utterances likewise are. What the Saviour said of the utterances of the devil, may be fairly applied to the words of all Sinn Fein’s spin doctors.

“Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it,” John 8:44.

It is hardly enough to call O’Neill’s words ‘Hurtful’ as did Alliance Party councillor Sorcha Eastwood. Such ‘mealy-mouthed’ criticism is typical of the Alliance Party and its pusillanimous stance on Sinn Fein’s support for terrorism.

O’Neill’s words are above all ‘LIES’! What she admiringly says about the murdering terrorist, Thomas McElwee, and whose death at his own hands she is seeking to honour, are utterly false. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-08-09 a 5:21 pm

A quarter of all pregnancies in England and Wales now end in abortion


Around 207,000 of the 821,000 pregnancies conceived in 2019 were terminated, the Office for National Statistics said. 

(Today’s Daily Mail)

This regime of wholesale slaughter of the unborn in England and Wales will soon be practised here in Northern Ireland, thanks to the immoral dictum of the Westminster parliament and that at the behest of all politicians here with the exception of most of the DUP members and of course, Jim Allister and his party colleagues. It would appear that amongst the ranks of the DUP there are those who support abortion.

I believe that there is nothing in the affairs of the nation which offends God more than this slaughter.

Yes, sodomy is deeply offensive to heaven as are the variety of perversions which come under the headings of LGBT+!

The nation has increasingly embraced, defended and embedded these evils within the framework of the nation, even making it an offence effectively to criticise and characterise these practices as devilish, which they are!

But surmounting these profoundly immoral activities is that of the violently putting to death of the unborn at the whim of modern social thinking and trends. It has to be noted that amongst the followers of Islam and Buddhism etc, there is much less embracing of abortion. For that reason, the birth rate of those often referred to as ‘immigrants’ is much higher than the birthrate of those who who term themselves ‘native’ citizens. An article headed: ‘The Impact of Migration on UK Population Growth’ states: “Population estimates show that net migration was a major component of population growth over the past two decades making up 56% of population growth from 1991 to 2018.”

That means that a small percentage of the overall population contributes 56% of the overall birthrate.

That has serious implications for the future religious and social complexion of the UK! Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-08-06 a 6:52 pm

Prospects of the Ten Kingdoms - Part 6

We continue with our extracts from Benjamin Wills Newton’s book, Prospects of the Ten Kingdoms, the chapter 14 —


We come to Part 6, which covers from the top of page 332 to the end of the ‘note’ on page 336.

Click here to see the other articles about this book.

The spiritual blessings of each individual Israelite, and of every other Believer who lives during the Millennium, will be essentially the same as ours in this present Dispensation :— our distinction being, that we are “first-fruits,” (Rom. xi.) — those who have first trusted in Christ”. Indeed we may give as the description of our Dispensation, that it forestalls the spiritual blessings of Israel in the Millennium—we having those blessings in the midst of tribulation and sorrow, whereas they will have them when all the outward circumstances of life around them will be circumstances of tranquility, peace, and joy—Satan being bound, and the Prince of Peace reigning. We have already been brought under that New Covenant, which will then be made with the House of Israel, and with the House of Judah. It is a covenant of grace, primarily designed for them, which they for a season have despised ; but we, through abounding mercy, have already been brought under its provisions. Every blessing that we receive as saints, we owe to the being graffed into their olive tree, from which they, for a season, have been broken off. But they are again to be graffed in, to receive in more unhindered power than we, of the freshness of its sap, and of the riches of its fullness. Every vessel of the Tabernacle that typified to them the blessings of redemption, is a type already fulfilled to us. From the Altar to the Mercyseat, all is ours. But it will be equally theirs. Often therefore, from the language of their future thanksgiving, we borrow the expressions of our present joy. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-08-04 a 12:01 am

Survey shows huge backing for integrated schools


A report in today’s (3/8/21) ‘Belfast Telegraph’, began with this headline and these opening sentences: —

Huge backing for integrated schools to be main system of education 71% of people surveyed want their children taught in mixed classroom

Almost three-quarters of people in Northern Ireland believe integrated schools should be the main model for our education system, a poll has found.

Support has increased since the last survey of its kind eight years ago — up from 66% to 71%.

‘Integrated Schools’ are the birth child of Ecumenism! It was seen as a means to further the ‘integration’ of Romanism and the apostate Protestant denominations.

It must be acknowledged that it has been accomplishing its purpose. This survey, if it is to be believed, shows that to be so. Of course there was little opposition to the efforts made by the ‘integrators’. Indeed, it is quite some time ago that the DUP favoured ‘Integrated Schools’! Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-08-03 a 6:59 pm