1 Now, we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together to him,
2 that you be not suddenly shaken in mind, nor alarmed, neither by spirit, not by report, nor by letter, as from us, intimating that the day of the Lord is at hand.
3 Let no one lead you into a mistake by any means; because the apostasy must first appear, and the man of sin, the son of perdition, must be first revealed,
4 who opposes and exalts himself against every one called a god, or an object of worship; so that he places himself in the temple of God, openly exhibiting himself, that he is a god.
5 Do you not remember that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
6 And you know what now prevents his being revealed until his proper time.
7 For already the mystery of iniquity secretly works, only till he who now restrains, be taken out of the way;
8 and then shall that lawless one be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will consume by the spirit of his mouth-with the brightness of his coming,
9 he will, indeed, utterly destroy him, whose coming is according to the energy of Satan, with all the power, and signs, and wonders of falsehood;
10 and with all the deceit of unrighteousness among the destroyed; because they did not embrace the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 For this cause, God will send them strong delusion, that they may believe a lie;
12 that all may be condemned who have not believed the truth, but have taken pleasure in iniquity.
13 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren, beloved of the Lord, because God has, from the beginning, chosen you to salvation, through sanctification of spirit, and belief of truth;
14 to which he called you, by our gospel, that you might obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15 Well, then, brethren, stand firm, and hold fast the traditions which you have been taught, whether by our word or letter.
16 And may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, who has loved us, and given us everlasting consolation, and good hope through favor,
17 comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work.