Luke 16: 19 - 20: There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
Luke 16: 19 - 31 details a story told by Jesus of Lazarus and the Rich Young Ruler. Jesus did not afford the Rich Young Ruler the privilege of his name being told, just as Lot’s wife did not have her name recorded in the Holy Scriptures, but He does give honour to the beggar by giving his name (“Lazarus”).
Luke 16: 22: And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
Abraham was receiving all that came into the Kingdom; Lazarus went to the bosom of Abraham because Abraham was the father of the Jewish Church, just as Brother Branham was gathered to the people for his age.
When Lazarus died, it was the angels that took him beyond the Curtain of Time to Paradise, just as angels took Elijah to Paradise (2 Kings 2: 11: And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. Psalm 68: 17: The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.).
It was an angel that took Brother Branham beyond the Curtain of Time on May 8, 1960, and it will be angels that carry the Bride to Her heavenly home at the translation.
Luke 16: 23 - 24: And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
The doctrine of soul sleep is proven false here, for the Rich Young Ruler was very much alive in Hell and could recognise Abraham; he was of the seed of Abraham but he was not of the faith of Abraham.
Death does not change the status of a person; in Hell the Rich Young Ruler was still giving commands as he did to his servants on earth, telling Abraham to send Lazarus to him.
2 Corinthians 5: 4: For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.
The souls in Hell are in a disembodied (unclothed state), but yet the Rich Young Ruler still thirsted and felt the intense heat of the flames upon him; what added to his torment was that though he thirsted, and if a glass of cool water were brought to him, he would not have been able to drink because he no longer had a body to receive it.
Lazarus could not get a single crumb from the Rich Young Ruler when they were on earth, but now in Hell the Rich Young Ruler desired a single drop of water from Lazarus. No favours will be given in Hell.
Luke 16: 25 - 26: But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
The dialogue was not between the Rich Young Ruler and Lazarus (for they were separated by a gulf), but was between the Rich Young Ruler and Abraham, for Abraham was God’s Old Testament mouthpiece as the father of the faithful.
Abraham reminded the Rich Young Ruler of his former life on earth, this shows that the souls in Hell still have a memory, a recollection of their past.
Luke 16: 27 - 31: Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
The Rich Young Ruler then requested that Lazarus be resurrected and sent to the rich man’s brethren as a witness of the Truth, but Abraham responded by saying that the rich man’s brethren already have the scriptures, for Moses is an example of a rich man who forsook all to follow Christ the Word, therefore they too are without excuse.
But still the Rich Young Ruler wanted to argue and debate with Abraham; that argumentative spirit still wanted to reason with a prophet (Abraham) who had the Word. People who are not sons of God will argue and debate with the prophet’s message when they are alive on this earth and will continue arguing and debating when they are in Hell.
Seeing the dead resurrected will not make a person believe the Word, for Jesus called Lazarus from the dead in John 11, and the Jews then sought to kill both Him and Lazarus shortly afterwards (John 11: 53 & John 12: 10 - 11).