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I Thessalonians 4:17 - Does this say Christians will go to heaven and be there with Christ forever?
  1. Paul is speaking of the resurrection of Christians at the second coming of Jesus Christ (verse 16). They will rise to meet Christ in the air the atmosphere over this earth (verse 17). Thus they will be with the Lord.

Then what? Where do they go from there? Since they will be with Christ the question to ask is where Christ will be.

  1. Christ is coming to this earth. Zechariah 14:4 shows that on the very day mentioned in I Thessalonians 4:17, Christ will be standing on the Mount of Olives which is on this EARTH.

  2. He is coming with all glory and with His angels to judge all nations (Matt. 25:31-32).

His saints will be given power to rule the nations with a rod of iron (Rev. 2:26-27).

They will be kings and priests with Him and will reign on the earth (Rev. 5:10).

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