The death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

Her Majesty on her Coronation Day, June 3rd 1953, as my generation will ever affectionately remember her.


The news was announced at about 6.35 pm, Thursday 8th September 2022.

She had reigned for 70 years over the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

My heart, and that of my wife, Ann, were chilled when the announcement was made by Buckingham Palace at lunchtime on September 8th, that there had been a downturn in the Queen’s health.

I was in my tenth year when Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, was crowned Queen on 3rd June 1953. She was a lovely young woman of 25 years of age. She has been a very real personage of honour and regard to me all my days since then.

We, as a typical loyal Ulster Protestant family, when I was young, would have held her in high and solemn regard. I can recall when the National Anthem was played on the radio on the occasion of the Queen’s birthday or some such event, our family in our home in Keenaghy, Lisnaskea, would stand to attention in the front of the radio.

Of course, no such regard is to be found abroad today, indeed such actions would be deemed anachronistic!

Since my own conversion to Christ on April 5th, 1964, I have earnestly prayed many times:


I fear that her passing will accelerate the sad decline in the morals of the nation. As my good friend, Mr Stephen Toms of Chelmsford, said to me when we communicated recently on the state of Her Majesty’s health: “Whatever her faults she has been a steadying influence amongst many mad men.”

I have mourned on innumerable occasions the fact that in a long succession of Church of England leaders who would have had close contact with her, I have no reason to believe that one of them would have shared with her the warning and the joyful, the solemn and the merciful truths of such scriptures as John 3:16.

“‭For‭ God‭ so‭ loved‭‭ the world‭, that‭ he gave‭‭ his‭ only begotten‭ Son‭, that‭ whosoever‭ believeth‭‭ in‭ him‭ should‭‭ not‭ perish‭‭, but‭ have‭‭ everlasting‭ life‭,” ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬John 3:16.

Instead they would have pressed upon her the errors of Popery, hence her three visits to the Vatican!

I cling in hope to the fact that she has on occasions indicated in her speeches that she has some knowledge of the Bible. I earnestly hope that she died in that faith spoken of by the Saviour in the verse we have just quoted.

The new monarch will undoubtedly represent the ’new religion’ that passes for ‘Christianity’ today.

Gone will be the exclusiveness of the message of Christ as set forth by Him in John 14:6. “‭Jesus‭ saith‭‭ unto him‭, I‭ am‭‭ the way‭,‭ the truth‭, and‭ the life‭: no man‭ cometh‭‭ unto‭ the Father‭, but‭ by‭ me‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ John 14:6. This was the message of the apostles to the world. Peter said: “‭Neither‭‭ is there‭‭ salvation‭ in‭ any‭ other‭: for‭ there is‭‭ none‭ other‭ name‭ under‭ heaven‭ given‭‭ among‭ men‭, whereby‭‭ we‭ must‭‭ be saved‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Acts 4:12.

Of course, the Church of which the Queen has been titular head, has long ago abandoned such truths and replaced them with the follies and myths of liberal and ecumenical apostasy.

It is that path that the new Monarch will tread, leading the nation further down the road of disobedience and defiance of God, toward inevitable ruin.

As was said of a king in ancient Israel: “‭But Omri‭ wrought‭‭ evil‭ in the eyes‭ of the LORD‭, and did worse‭‭ than all that ‭were‭ before‭ him,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ I Kings 16:25, so I fear it will be said of the next crowned head of state for there is little, indeed no sign, of evangelical truth within the circle of the Royal Family.

A little knowledge of the Bible will inform us where such trends will end.

“‭Because Manasseh‭ king‭ of Judah‭ hath done‭‭ these abominations‭, ‭and‭ hath done wickedly‭‭ above all that the Amorites‭ did‭‭, which ‭were‭ before‭ him, and hath made Judah‭ also to sin‭‭ with his idols‭:‭ ‭therefore thus saith‭‭ the LORD‭ God‭ of Israel‭, Behold, I ‭am‭ bringing‭‭ ‭such‭ evil‭ upon Jerusalem‭ and Judah‭, that whosoever heareth‭‭ of it, both‭ his ears‭ shall tingle‭‭.‭ ‭And I will stretch‭‭ over Jerusalem‭ the line‭ of Samaria‭, and the plummet‭ of the house‭ of Ahab‭: and I will wipe‭‭ Jerusalem‭ as ‭a man‭ wipeth‭‭ a dish‭, wiping‭‭ ‭it‭, and turning‭‭ ‭it‭ upside down‭.‭ ‭And I will forsake‭‭ the remnant‭ of mine inheritance‭, and deliver‭‭ them into the hand‭ of their enemies‭‭; and they shall become a prey‭ and a spoil‭ to all their enemies‭‭;‭ ‭because they have done‭‭ ‭that which was‭ evil‭ in my sight‭, and have provoked‭ me to anger‭‭, since the day‭ their fathers‭ came forth‭‭ out of Egypt‭, even unto this day‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 2 Kings 21:11-15.

The United Kingdom will yet learn that there is a price to pay for turning the back upon God’s truth and casting aside the gospel of His dear Son, the Lord Jesus Christ and replacing it with the multi-faithism, the syncretism promoted by church and parliament and Royalty and widely embraced by the blind populace today.

There is every sign, in the world of politics, economics, geographical and environmental affairs, that a crisis of unprecedented proportions is bearing down upon this world.

How few are aware of it or in the least prepared for the climax of this age, which is the return in judgment upon the gospel-favoured nations of this earth, by the Lord Jesus Christ.

“‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭And‭ to you‭ who are troubled‭‭ rest‭ with‭ us‭, when‭ the Lord‭ Jesus‭ shall be revealed‭ from‭ heaven‭ with‭ his‭ mighty‭ angels‭,‭ ‭in‭ flaming‭ fire‭ taking‭‭ vengeance‭ on them that know‭‭ not‭ God‭, and‭ that obey‭‭ not‭ the gospel‭ of our‭ Lord‭ Jesus‭ Christ‭:‭ ‭who‭ shall be punished‭‭‭ with everlasting‭ destruction‭ from‭ the presence‭ of the Lord‭, and‭ from‭ the glory‭ of his‭ power‭;‭ ‭when‭ he shall come‭‭ to be glorified‭‭ in‭ his‭ saints‭, and‭ to be admired‭‭ in‭ all‭ them that believe‭‭ (because‭ our‭ testimony‭ among‭ you‭ was believed‭‭) in‭ that‭ day‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10.

Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd)