Most likely our 'spirits' rest or sleep or whatever somewhere (Bosom of Abraham, purgatory, etc) until Christ returns at the end of times and 'the dead in Christ arise' and then everyone else and the day of judgement occures and we are all divided according to whether we chose Him or Not Him while alive and go on to be with God or satan.
IT IS WRITTEN: Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto man once to die, but after this the Judgment. Ecclesiastes 9:5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
Presumably, after death the soul sleeps until the end of time. Certain religious sects disagree with this, relying on a metaphysical afterlife as suggested by Plato. According to Biblical metaphors, if this metaphysical afterlife is reality, it is similar to the Catholic conception of purgatory, though mot necessarily torturous.
Ecclesiastes 9:5 says "For the living are conscious that they will die, but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all..." so in order for something to be alive and alert it would have to be conscious, but the Bible always likens death to sleep. Look at the account of Lazarus. Nothing happens at death, they are just not alive anymore but are awaiting a resurrection to God's Kingdom.
Many Bible texts use the word "soul" in reference to a person or animal, or the life in a person or animal. For instance, Genesis 1:24 refers to animals and Genesis 2:7 refers to a person. In other words, when a person dies, their "soul" dies, as mentioned in Leviticus 22:4 and many other texts. However, God is almighty and symbolically writes in his book the names and everything about those who die in order to resurrect them when he renews the Earth (Malachi 3:16; Revelation 20:12,13; Acts 24:15)
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The question leads to an answer that can't possibly represent reality: That there is a "stuff" separate from our physical bodies, our brains. And this "stuff" experiences what our senses have to show "it" and when we die, the "stuff" will go on experiencing things without the help of our brains and senses.
We are alive right now. So are countless other entities on this planet, and most likely countless entities on countless other planets... When we die, the rest of this life doesn't cease it's living. Life will continue without the "individual" we've all come to think so fondly of: ourselves. Don't think of it as going to sleep. Don't think of it as eternal blackness. Don't think of it as a dichotomy between puffy white cloud happiness and eternal burning and torture. It's none of those things. It's something we can't even fathom: __________.
After Christ died for us, we have the choice to be saved. So if you choose salvation, heaven, otherwise hell. Spirits can't linger they have a destination based on the way they live on earth so Choose wisely.