1 Now we ask you, brothers, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together to him,
2 do not get upset right away or alarmed when someone claims that we said through some spirit, conversation, or letter that the »Day of Jehovah« has already come. (Isaiah 13:6) (Zephaniah 1:14) (2 Peter 3:10)
3 Do not let anyone deceive you about this in any way. That day will not come unless apostasy a falling away from truth takes place first, and the man of lawlessness sin, the man of destruction, is revealed. (2 Timothy 4:3)
4 He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god and object of worship. As a result, he seats himself in the sanctuary of God and declares promotes himself to be like God. (Ezekiel 28:2)
5 Do you remember that I repeatedly told you about these things when I was still with you?
6 There is something that keeps this from happening now, and you know what it is. At the proper time, then, the wicked one will appear.
7 The secret of evil lawlessness is even now at work. But there is one who restrains the evil till he is taken out of the way.
8 Then the evil lawless one will be revealed. The Lord Jesus will put him to death with the breath of his mouth, and destroy him by the manifestation brightnessadventrevelation of his coming. Greek: parousia: presence, return, being near
9 The evil lawless one will come with the power of Satan and perform all kinds of false signs and wonders.
10 He will use every kind of wicked deceit on those who will perish. They will perish because they did not welcome and love the truth so as to be saved.
11 So God dispatches the power of deceit error to work in them so that they are allowed to believe what is false.
12 Then everyone who did not believe the truth, but was delighted with wickedness, will be condemned.
13 We always have to thank God for you, brothers. Jehovah loves you and we thank God that in the beginning he chose you to be saved through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.
14 It was for this he called you through our good news. This is so you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15 So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the precepts Greek: paradosis: traditions of doctrines, teachings handed down you were taught by word of mouth or by letter from us.
16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting comfort and good hope by grace,
17 comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good word and work.