The Bride Age

Is the Bride Age distinct from the Laodicean Age? Is the Bride Age the 8th day spoken of by Brother Branham?

There are many teachings going around about the Bride not being in Laodicea anymore. It all centers around the fact that Brother Branham said on several occasions that it is the Bride Age now. I want to point out the truth logically and scripturally to start, then I will briefly examine a few quotes to show the simple truth. We often refer to the seven church ages, the final being Laodicea. These are seven distinct ages within the gentile dispensation. There are no eight ages. There’s seven church ages with seven messengers. In Laodicea, as in all other ages, there are those that Christ denounces and those that overcome. The overcomers of Laodicea are referred to as the bride. The church age and the church ages are synonymous. The church age is the time that God is dealing with the Gentile Bride. [1] When the last member of the Gentile Bride comes in then the rapture will take place and God will begin dealing with the Jews. There are no other ages between the church age and the tribulation. There is not a Bride Age as distinct from Laodicea. The Bride are the overcomers of each age. I will now present several quotes that show that as soon as the Bride is raptured the Laodicean age is finished.

“We all know we’re living in the Laodicea Age. There will never be another age to it. It can’t be. So, we’re living in the Laodicea Age.” [2]

“It is clear and easy to understand that we are still in the Laodicean Age and there will never be another age to it. Now, all of the rest of the six men, before him, died, but Enoch was translated. Enoch was raptured, the seventh, showing that it’s the seventh church age that takes the Rapture.” [3]

It is evident that he is stating that it is not another age that takes the rapture, but that it is the Bride that overcomes in the Laodicean Church Age that takes the rapture. There are no other ages beyond it. So, then why does Brother Branham use the term “Bride Age”? Let’s look at a few quotes.

“The Life, sure the–the stalk back here carried the Life. Certainly, it did. But, you see, when it become the stalk and it was finished, the organization, the Life went right on into Wesley; come right out, went in. And once, each one of them. One, a big blade, don’t look like the grain. But when the little pollen comes, like the… on the–the shuck… or on the stalk, the pollen of the tassel, it looks a whole lot like the grain. But when it comes down to that shuck, it’s almost there. Didn’t Jesus say, “In the last days” (Matthew 24:24) “the two would be so close it would deceive the very genes, predestinated, the Elected Ones, if it was possible”? Almost like the real thing, see. So, in the last days. Now, you see, it’s wheat time now. It’s getting harvest time. This is not Luther’s age, this is not Pentecost age, this is the Bride Age. As Moses called a nation out of a nation, Christ today is calling a Church out of a church, you see; the same thing in type, taking them to the glorious Eternal Promised Land.” [4]

“But did you realize we’ve moved on from that? We are in the Bride time, the selecting time, the time that (the Bride) they said we would have. “All the caterpillar left,” said Joel 2:28, “all the caterpillar left, the–the palmerworm eaten; and all the palmerworm left, the locust eaten.” [5]

In the above two quotes, Brother Branham is emphasizing that we are no longer in the Pentecostal age, we are now in the Bride Age or Bride time where the complete restoration is taking place. Which age does the Pentecostal age coincide with? The Laodicean church age, of course. However, note that both the Pentecostal age and the Bride Age are within the Laodicean Age. I want to show you that there were multiple ages within previous church ages.

“That was Christ when Paul was speaking here today (you believe that?) in the New Testament. Then the Son of man, the same Christ, in the last day. See? All right. Notice also John 14:12, He said, “The works that I do shall you do.” All these other Scriptures, what does He do? He’s here now proving (not Luther’s age, not Wesley age, not Pentecostal age, not Baptist age, not Presbyterian age, we’ve went right down through it and proved it by history in the Bible; but what?) the age of the Son of man being revealed, to bring these things in to fulfill the Word when all must be fulfilled. See? We see it, and it’s true!” [6]

There are many ages listed. Note:

  1. Luther’s Age
  2. Wesley’s Age
  3. Pentecostal Age
  4. Baptist Age
  5. Presbyterian Age
  6. the age of the Son of man being revealed

Several of the ages overlap. The Methodist and Baptist ages are during the very same 6th Church Age. The Presbyterian and Lutheran Age are both during the 5th Church Age. The Pentecostal Age and the age of the Son of man being revealed is during the 7th Church Age. Notice what the prophet says:

“In the Laodicea church age, they put Him out. And in Luke, He said He would be revealed again as Son of man, the Prophet, fulfilling the rest of it. See?” [7]

Let’s assemble what Brother Branham said on this subject, so you can have it all together here in a brief format.

  • We all know we’re living in the Laodicea Age. There will never be
  • another age to it. It can’t be. So, we’re living in the Laodicea Age.
  • …it’s the seventh church age that takes the Rapture.
  • …this is not Pentecost age, this is the Bride Age.
  • …not Luther’s age, not Wesley age, not Pentecostal age, not Baptist age, not Presbyterian age, we’ve went right down through it and proved it by history in the Bible; but what?) the age of the Son of man being revealed…

The Bride Age is not distinct from the Laodicean Church Age, rather it is distinct from the Pentecostal Age. Both the Bride Age and the Pentecostal Age take place during the Seventh Church Age of Laodicea.

[1] 71-1 The  Ephesian Church Age, Rev. William Marrion Branham

Now then, I think there is something else you ought to know. The seven churches which are addressed by John are in Asia Minor and are all Gentile churches. He does not speak to the church at Jerusalem which was mostly Jewish with perhaps just a few Gentiles in it. The reason is that God had turned from the Jews to the Gentiles. Thus the whole of the church ages is God dealing with the Gentiles, and calling out a Gentile Bride to Himself. That makes the ‘Church Ages’ and ‘The Fulness of the Gentiles’ the one and the same thing.

[2] 65-1204, The Rapture Yuma.AZ V-5 N-14, Rev. William Marrion Branham

[3] 65-1204, The Rapture, Rev. William Marrion Branham

[4] 65-1207, Leadership, Covina.CA V-7 N-7, Rev. William Marrion Branham

[5] 64-0125, Turn on th Light, Phoenix.AZ V-22 N-3, Rev. William Marrion Branham

[6] 64-0816, Proving His Word, Rev. William Marrion Branham

[7] 64-0614m, The Unveiling Of God, Rev. William Marrion Branham

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