Tiger Lily:<quoted text>
Much of scripture was written after visions. John in Revelation, Daniel: both were revealed history in dreams.
Read Daniel and you will see empires depicted as animals. Same with Revelation but the timeline reverses.
When one dies, one is unconscious in the grave.
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.
9:6 Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.
9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave,(Hebrew Sheol ) where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.
... until Jesus comes and awakens you from the dead.
Read and understand.
I don't quite know what you mean?
For me, it is not so well defined with concepts and words. For our definitions fall short of God, and what God has in store for us in eternity. We are born as created beings in this world. And our physical bodies return to that dust.
But also all creation awaits the revelation of the children of God, as Paul writes.
Yet we know that we will have new bodies in a new heaven and earth. So what remains of physical memory, may be purified in God's Presence. And there may be a hierarchy of sorts, even as there are angels and archangels.
For me, Ecclesiastes(Solomon's) emphasis is that all is vanity. Vanity of vanities. Paul goes along with this in his description that all will pass away. And only faith, hope, and love remains.