In the Scriptures we are told that at death “the spirit returns to God Who gave it” (Ecc.12:7), the “body returns to the soil” (Gen.3:19), and “the soul returns to the unseen [sheol or hades]” (Psa.9:17; Acts 2:27,31).
Quite simply, we become as we were BEFORE we were born, that is, HAVING NO CONSCIOUS EXISTENCE ( Psa 6:5, Psa. 146:4, Ecc. 9:5) The Bible refers to it many times as being a “sleep” (Psa 13:3, 1 Corinthians 7:39, 15:6, 15:20, 15:51, etc. ). Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha, was also said to be asleep by Jesus Himself when he died; and, then He said He was going to “awake” him. (John 11:11….Young’s Literal)
In Acts 7:59-60, Stephen is acknowledged to have had his spirit return to God (where it was before he was born) and then he “fell asleep” (Darby, Rotherham’s and Young’s translations) and also in 1 Corinthians 11:30 (Young’s). Again, reference John 3:13.
Further, 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17 reveals that those Christians who having fallen “asleep” shall rise first.
You might want to also reference the Post on “Lazarus and the Rich Man” for a much more detailed explanation.
Later, we will cover ‘hell’….it, too, is so misunderstood.