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.
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.
He is coming with all
glory and with His angels to judge all nations (Matt.
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).