The Bible tells us that when we are dead we know absolutely nothing. Here are some Scriptures to support this belief: (all from the NIV)
“Whatever you hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.“
“For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even the memory of them is forgotten.“
“No one remembers you when he is dead. Who praises you from the grave?”
“For the grave cannot praise you, death cannot sing your praise; those that go down to the pit cannot hope for your faithfulness. The living, the living – they praise you, as I am doing today.”
“I am set apart with the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave, whom you remember no more, who are cut off from your care.”
“To you I call, O Lord my Rock; do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you remain silent, I will be like those who have gone down to the pit.” (grave)
The state of the dead is just nothing. Time stands still for someone who is dead, and it will make no difference to them if they have been dead 2 days or 2 thousand years, it will just be like waking from a night’s sleep. When Jesus went to Martha and Mary, he described their dead brother Lazarus as being ‘asleep’. (John 11:11-14)
The first thing anyone who has died will know, is being resurrected to stand before the Judgment seat of Jesus Christ.
“Multitudes that sleep in the dust of the earth will awake; some to everlasting life, and some to everlasting contempt.” Daniel 12:2
“….Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom,” 2 Timothy 4:1 That is when people will receive eternal life or eternal death .
Being with Jesus ‘spiritually awake’ is nothing more than an idea and has no Scriptural basis. A lot of confusion has arisen on the point in question, really because of a misunderstanding of what the word ‘soul’ really means. The original word in the Hebrew means ‘a breathing creature’ and comes from the root word which means ‘to breathe’ or ‘breath’. The ‘soul’ or ‘spirit’ does not continue to have a personality or to know anything, it is just the power of life which is best described as the difference between a living person and their dead body, nothing more.
“The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being” Genesis 2:7.