4. Dispensationalism is as the term implies many past and future ages termed dispensations. These carry into and through the “church age” and divide the “church age” into seven historical date delineated parts as seen in the seven churches of Revelation 2&3. The promise to escape the test which is coming to all earth dwellers is a promise to the Philadelphia church, which is the sixth one of these churches, and is therefore a promise of Rapture before the seventh apostate church age (Laodicea) appears. The sixth church thus represents the last of the saved “Gentile church ages (which then constitutes the bride yet to be Raptured)”

There is an immediate point which should be obvious. Whether or not these churches each represent an age is immaterial since each believer who has ears to hear is given this same promise. The issue then becomes should the term age even be taught? Because this promise will also be present during the Tribulation in Scripture. Will believers who are in Christ at that time see the Wrath of God that all of the church has escaped? Read Revelation 20. It is seen that these will rule with Christ. Are they not also then the Bride?

Scripture does imply that there are ages in past eternity and in our future eternity with God, but the church is not ever spoken of in scripture as an age. A dispensation where God does something such as send His Son, yes, but “this age” of which Jesus speaks is not to be confused with these dispensations. He did not ever imply or change what he told the Jews in these following verses. Nor did any other scripture to follow this one.

Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, 35 but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; 36 for they cannot even die anymore, because they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. Luke 20:34-36

Jesus here makes clear that the tribulation period itself is a part of this present age where He is at work on behalf of mankind’s salvation. Yes there was a dispensation of the law, and there is today a dispensation of the New Covenant, but both are part of this present age.