Bible prophecy reveals the true nature of the European Union

The prophetic books of Daniel and Revelation describe the emergence of a short-lived "world empire" just prior to the return of Christ. They describe a governmental system rooted in the ancient Roman Empire but eventually "devouring the whole earth", crushing and undemocratic (like Rome) and culminating in a dictatorship, strong as iron (like Rome) - yet influenced by a powerful religious system (symbolised by a "woman on a beast"), proud and humanistic like the biblical Babel - yet a coalition of peoples who will never adhere to one another (symbolised by "iron and clay").

Isn't this a good description of the EU? Don't we see a European elite with aspirations of a 'holy Roman Empire? Doesn't the EU already rule nations by dictating their humanistic laws against their will? Don't we see a powerful and influential church in Europe (the Vatican)? Don't we see the "woman on the beast" symbol in major European cities? Don't we see in the EU a proud humanistic system without even a mention of God in its Constitution? Don't we see the current 28 nation states frequently sparring with each other?

These prophecies also say that this flawed governmental system (which will embrace all nations and even attempt to destroy Israel) will be completely destroyed at the return of Christ. They imply that, despite the referendum outcome, eventually even the UK will be absorbed by this end-time system. So this transcendent wisdom says quite clearly that the EU is bad news and our only real hope is to individually trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. But for the time being, on a national scale, the UK now has the freedom to turn back from humanistic law and to follow God's ways. What God said to Israel must surely also apply to the UK:

"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7.14)