1Brothers and sisters, we want to ask you something. It has to do with the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. It concerns the time when we will go to be with him.2What if you receive a prophecy, report or letter that is supposed to have come from us? What if it says that the day of the Lord has already come? If it does, we ask you not to become easily upset or alarmed.3Don't let anyone trick you in any way. That day will not come until people rise up against God. It will not come until the man of sin appears. He is a marked man. He is sentenced to be destroyed.4He will oppose everything that is called God. He will oppose everything that is worshiped. He will give himself power over everything. He will set himself up in God's temple. He will announce that he himself is God.5Don't you remember? When I was with you, I used to tell you those things.6Now you know what is holding the man of sin back. He is held back so that he can make his appearance at the right time.7The secret power of sin is already at work. But the one who now holds that power back will keep doing it until he is taken out of the way.8Then the man of sin will appear. The Lord Jesus will overthrow him with the breath of his mouth. The glorious brightness of Jesus' coming will destroy the man of sin.9The coming of the man of sin will be Satan's work. His work will be seen in all kinds of fake miracles, signs and wonders.10It will be seen in every kind of evil that fools people who are dying. They are dying because they refuse to love the truth. The truth would save them.11So God will fool them completely. Then they will believe the lie.12Many will not believe the truth. They will take pleasure in evil. They will be judged.
13Brothers and sisters, we should always thank God for you. The Lord loves you. God chose you from the beginning. He wanted you to be saved. Salvation comes through the Holy Spirit's work. He makes people holy. It also comes through believing the truth.14He chose you to be saved by accepting the good news that we preach. And you will share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.15Brothers and sisters, stand firm. Hold on to what we taught you. We passed our teachings on to you by what we preached and wrote.16Our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father loved us. By his grace God gave us comfort that will last forever. The hope he gave us is good. May our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father17comfort your hearts. May they make you strong in every good thing you do and say.
2 Thessalonians 2
English Standard Version
The Man of Lawlessness
1Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, (Mt 24:31; 1Th 2:19; 1Th 4:15)2not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. (Mt 24:6; Mr 13:7; 1Co 1:8; 1Th 5:2; 2Th 2:15; 1Jo 4:1)3Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, (Da 7:25; Da 8:25; Da 11:36; Mt 23:15; Joh 17:12; Eph 5:6; 2Th 2:8; 1Ti 4:1; Re 13:5)4who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. (Isa 14:14; Eze 28:2)5Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?6And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time.7For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. (1Jo 2:18; 1Jo 4:3; Re 17:5; Re 17:7)8And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming. (Isa 11:4; Da 7:10; 2Th 2:3; 1Ti 6:14; 2Ti 1:10; 2Ti 4:1; 2Ti 4:8; Tit 2:13)9The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, (Mt 24:24; Re 13:14)10and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. (1Co 1:18)11Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, (1Ki 22:22; Eze 14:9; Ro 1:25; 1Th 2:3; 1Ti 4:2; Re 17:17)12in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (Ro 1:32; Ro 2:8)
13But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. (De 33:12; Eph 1:4; 1Th 1:4; 1Th 4:3; 1Th 5:9; 2Th 1:3; 2Ti 1:9)14To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1Th 1:5; 2Th 2:13)15So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter. (1Co 11:2; 1Co 16:13; 2Th 2:2; 2Th 3:6)16Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, (Joh 3:16; 1Pe 1:3; 1Jo 4:10; Re 1:5)17comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. (1Th 3:13; 2Th 3:3)