August 2022

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Beginning of sorrows, Part 4

Here is my fourth study in Matthew 24.

The Lord Jesus gave to His disciples a picture of the state of Christianity in the days just prior to His return.

There has been a very obvious decline and, as is always the case, error and the lies of the devil have enlarged.

In mercy to those believer who will be found in Jerusalem in those dark times, He issues a warning regarding the Antichrist and also directions regarding their response to that which will signal the start of the “great tribulation.”

I trust the opinion I give on verse 28 will prove to be helpful and edifying for you all, though I emphasise it is only my attempt at explaining a difficult verse.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS, Part 4

“All these are the beginning of sorrows,” Matthew 24:8.

Thoughts arising from my reading of this chapter as part of my daily reading and which form the third section of a brief study of Mathew 24:1-31.

I hope to continue the study on a weekly basis.


In our last study, we considered how that the Saviour indicated to us all that in the midst of the darkness of the final years of this age, just before His return in glory and great power, there would be a faithful remnant upheld in the very heart of the ‘fire’ of tribulation, in the Antichrist’s dominion.

1. I repeat, while many will “wax cold”, others will “endure” and bear witness to Christ and His gospel. They will ‘bear patiently’ the trial that will beset God’s people. By their endurance the light of the gospel witness will be maintained.

So it has ever been. Paul said to Timothy: “But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry,” 2 Timothy 4:5. Enduring affliction and doing the work of the evangelist have always gone hand in hand! Even in the best of times it has been so. The record of the labours of men such as George Whitefield and John and Charles Wesley testify to that.

Just before the end of this age, the “gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come,” Matthew 24:14. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-08-15 a 9:00 pm


God never gets a mention!

Picture of the extent of the effects of drought in England. Note the contrast with the nearby island of Ireland.

“And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD. And also I have withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered. So two or three cities wandered unto one city, to drink water; but they were not satisfied: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD. I have smitten you with blasting and mildew: when your gardens and your vineyards and your fig trees and your olive trees increased, the palmerworm devoured them: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD. I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword, and have taken away your horses; and I have made the stink of your camps to come up unto your nostrils: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.  I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD. Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel,”  Amos 4:6-12.

We have all seen and heard the daily broadcasts by the news media, when commentators vie with each other as to who will sound the most dramatic and sensational in their reports of the extent of the natural disasters that are hitting many countries, not least the United Kingdom, especially the south of England and Wales.

There are reports from all over the world of drought, vanishing water supplies, uncontrollable forest fires, harvests lost through lack of water, fields of grain destroyed by fire, animals in distress because of thirst, likewise fish and other aquatic creatures suffering because of low river levels and a consequent drop in oxygen content. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-08-12 a 6:50 pm


What convinced me of the need for Christian education

This week the 35th Annual Summer Seminar for Trainees & Probationary Teachers is taking place in Newtownabbey Independent Christian School.

Today, I was invited to speak on the subject: “What convinced me of the need for Christian Education”.

When I was finished speaking, I supplied the trainees with notes of my message and also of the original submission to Presbytery back in 1978, requesting permission to pursue the opening of Christian Schools.

The first school opened in September of the next year.

Here is a a recording of the message and also the notes of the message for your perusal.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster.



Click here to read the sermon notes

Posted on 2022-08-09 a 10:03 pm


Parental psychosis

I make these comments on an article which appeared in a national daily newspaper two days ago.

Its subject matter would cause one to hold one’s head in one’s hands in utter despair for our nation!

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


PARENTAL PSYCHOSIS

An article appeared in the London newspaper: ‘The Telegraph’ dated 6th August.  It had the headline:

‘I will not put my girls in that organisation’:  How a trans crisis engulfed Girlguiding

The crisis centres upon the claim “recent developments have left some parents fearing the needs of boys who feel they are female are being put above those of their daughters.”

“In its current summer newsletter, Girlguiding – the organisation formerly known as the Girl Guides – shares the real-life story of a recent recruit welcomed warmly into Rainbows, the organisation’s youngest tier for four-to-seven-year-old girls. The child in question – a lover of dolls and scarves and dresses, we are told, who wants to be called “Rainbow” – is biologically male, though his mother says in the article that his “true gender” is female.”

The article goes on:

“The circulation of ‘Rainbow’s story’ to the 290,000 girls between four and 18 who are members of Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers has caused a storm of protest among parents. “I found it horrific reading,” says Catherine, a former nursery teacher and mother of three from north London, whose eight-year-old daughter is currently a Brownie. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-08-08 a 8:34 pm


Sinn Fein’s Michelle O'Neill said she believed there had been no alternative to IRA violence during the Troubles

Nothing highlights the dreadful pit into which Ulster has stumbled under the leadership of false prophets and hireling politicians than the arrogant and shamefull claims of Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill and her defence of IRA terrorism.

What a betrayal the DUP are guilty of when they entered ‘power-sharing’ with murderers, back in 2007 and which they blindly persist in still!

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


Michelle O’Neill: When asked about IRA violence, O’Neill replied: “I think at the time there was no alternative.”

Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill said she believed there had been no alternative to IRA violence during the Troubles

Victims of terrorism have challenged Michelle O’Neill’s claim that there was “no alternative” to Provisional IRA violence during the Troubles.

What this evil woman is saying is that the murder of hundreds of innocent men, women and children, Protestant and Roman Catholic who died at the hands of Michelle O’Neill’s compatriots, had to die, there was no other alternative as far as Sinn Fein is concerned.

Holding the office of Vice President of Sinn Fein and coming from a family which is steeped in IRA terrorism — her father, Brendan Doris, was a Sinn Féin councillor and IRA member who served time in prison — it is not surprising that she upholds and seeks to justify the decades of IRA terrorism, the murder of hundreds of innocent victims, the bombing and the destruction of £millions of public property, kidnapping and innumerable robberies and other acts of terrorism too numerous to mention!

What is more, as one whose whole career is one of setting forth lies of falsehoods, it is nothing new for her and her ilk to talk out of the side of their mouth in order to try and justify the unjustifiable! Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-08-04 a 11:26 pm


The woman who left her waterpot and took home the well

“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life . . . . . . The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city,” John 4:14, 28.

Preached by Rev Ivan Foster when minister of  Bethel Free Presbyterian Church, May 6th, 1973.

True conversion is never a matter of chance, no matter how it may appear so to men! It is no mere ‘fluke’ that brings about an encounter between the SINNER and the SAVIOUR. The Lord Jesus was ever SEEKING the lost. He, in His search, deliberately planned confrontations with sinners. This is plainly seen in the passage we read, (John 4:1-26, 39-42).

The Lord Jesus selected the PERSON. The Lord Jesus selected the SITUATION. The Lord Jesus selected the TIME. The Lord Jesus selected the CONVERSATION. The Lord Jesus chose to REVEAL HIMSELF. “Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he,” verse 26. FIRST and LAST salvation is of the Lord!

In His conversation with this woman, Christ pinpoints the two great areas of ignorance in mankind, verse 10. “Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.” Mankind is IGNORANT of the GIFT and GIVER.

Tonight I wish to show what the Bible teaches us about the GIFT and GIVER.

God’s gift of salvation is likened unto a WELL OF WATER. “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life,” verse 14. By setting our thoughts upon such a familiar object as a well of water we can learn much about God’s salvation. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-08-02 a 5:45 pm


Popular priest behind atrocity that even IRA was ashamed of

Popular priest behind atrocity that even IRA was ashamed of

RUC believed Fr James Chesney played major part in 1972 Claudy bomb massacre that left nine dead

So read the headline in a ‘Belfast Telegraph article marking the 50th anniversary of the infamous ‘Claudy Bombing’ by an IRA gang, led, it is commonly believed, by a Roman Catholic priest, one James Chesney.

Claudy bombing aftermath

Had this been an incident in which a loyalist terror group, led by a Protestant minister, set off three car bombs which resulted in the murder of 9 people and the injuring of 30, then the headlines and the general reaction would have been very different indeed.

The Pope would have appeared on his balcony to conduct the chorus of hatred and propaganda against Ulster Protestants. The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland in company with the ecumenical churches, would have most diligently joined in this world-wide cry. The Westminster Government would have been on its knees in commiseration and a weeping prime minister would have offered his deepest sympathies along with £millions in compensation.

Most importantly, to a man, God-fearing Ulster Protestants would have outrightly condemned such an act for it has no place in Bible Protestantism!

As it was, things turned out very differently. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-08-01 a 12:10 am