The apostasy, and the man of sin.
1)Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2)That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled by letter, except ye receive it from us; neither by spirit, nor by word, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3)Let no man deceive you by any means; for there shall come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4)Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
5)Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
6)And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7)For the mystery of iniquity doth already work, and he it is who now worketh, and Christ suffereth him to work, until the time in fulfilled that he shall be taken out of the way.
8)And then shall that wicked one be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.
9)Yea, the Lord, even Jesus, whose coming is not until after there cometh a falling away, by the working of Satan with all power, and signs and lying wonders,
10)And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11)And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie;
12)That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
13)But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth;
14)Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15)Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
16)Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
17)Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.