The EU and the Only Prophecy that Matters

In 1998, while attending Bridge Street Pentecostal Church in Leeds, a member called CR told me of a prophecy given by a church member in the 1960s. Now before I go on, I ought to explain what I believe about prophecy. When you discover my views are at odds with yours, you’ll probably stop reading, but hey, that’s the risk a blogger takes. 

I believe that the authoritative, unquestionable utterances of the Old Testament prophets were continued by the apostles, but this type of prophecy died out with them. New Testament prophecy was only ever the personal thoughts of godly men who sincerely believed what they said had been brought to mind by God. An earnest preacher will prophecy dozens of times each Sunday. I believe that some of these prophetic musings are genuine expressions of the mind of God; others are nought but the speaker’s own imaginings. Charismatic nut-jobs have for centuries delighted to impress the gullible with their hotlines to heaven. So have I cleared that up? No? Well I shall continue anyway.
The old man had said that the countries of Europe would unite into a single bloc. Yeah, yeah, anyone could have seen that coming since the foundation of Benelux in the 1950s. But he went on to say that Britain would choose to leave it. Now that I found hard to believe back in the heady days of Tony Blair’s premiership. I’ll return to the old man’s final point shortly. 
A recent prophecy by David Noakes states, among other things:
"I warn you now that the European institution will not repent, even though I bring disaster and destruction upon it. I urge you, O Britain still beloved by Me for the sake of your godly forefathers, come out of her, so that you may not be caught up in that same destruction, for I am even now arising in judgment to bring to nothing what she has sought to achieve. If you will separate yourself from her declared rejection of God, I will have mercy upon you and restore my hand of protection; and I will use you once again to bring light to many lost in the darkness which is now steadily increasing.

"Hear Me, O once godly nation and respond to my call, or you also will come to ruin in that same judgment of destruction. This is not my will for you, but you must choose the course which you will take. I urge you to respond to Me and choose life under my hand of discipline and protection, rather than death in the disaster which is even now coming upon Europe."

Although I don’t like its use of personal pronouns, indicating an authority not seen since the apostles, it makes some interesting points. Many right now are feeling gloomy about our national prospects. Government ministers are bickering among themselves, while the EU’s negotiators are successfully demanding huge sums of money for little in return. These ‘prophetic words’ then seem rather encouraging. 
Let me return to the old man of Leeds. His final ‘prophetic’ remark is that Britain, having left the European Empire, would apply to rejoin. This I can imagine, but how does it fit with Noakes’ insight? In truth, I have no idea, and I don’t care. The only prophecy which has real value is that contained in scripture, for it alone is trustworthy:
Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
For wisdom and might are His.
21 And He changes the times and the seasons;
He removes kings and raises up kings;
He gives wisdom to the wise
And knowledge to those who have understanding.
22 He reveals deep and secret things;
He knows what is in the darkness,
And light dwells with Him.”

Daniel 2:20
Empires, nations and blocs will come and go. National fortunes rise and fall. But another Empire is coming, one that will rise and never fall:

Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:

Revelation 19.