The Man of Lawlessness
1Now concerning the coming2:1 1Th 1:10; 1Jn 2:28 of our Lord2:1 Rv 11:8 Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him: We ask you, brothers and sisters,
2not to be easily upset or troubled, either by a prophecy2:2 Or spiritual utterance2:2 1Jn 4:1 or by a message or by a letter supposedly from us, alleging that the day of the Lord2:2 Other mss read Christ2:2 Mt 25:13; Ac 2:20; Php 1:6 has come.2:2 2Tm 2:18; 1Jn 2:28
3Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way. For that day will not come unless the apostasy2:3 Or rebellion comes first and the man of lawlessness2:3 Other mss read man of sin is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.
5Don’t you remember that when I was still with you I used to tell you about this?
7For the mystery of lawlessness2:7 Mt 13:41 is already at work, but the one now restraining will do so until he is out of the way,
8and then the lawless one will be revealed. The Lord Jesus will destroy him with the breath of his mouth2:8 Is 11:4; 30:28 and will bring him to nothing at the appearance of his coming.
9The coming of the lawless one is based on Satan’s working, with every kind of miracle, both signs and wonders serving the lie,2:9 Mt 24:24; Mk 13:22; Rv 13:13
10and with every wicked deception among those who are perishing. They perish because they did not accept the love of the truth and so be saved.2:10 Ac 16:30; Eph 2:8
11For this reason God sends them a strong delusion so that they will believe the lie,
13But we ought to thank God always for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because from the beginning2:13 Other mss read because as a firstfruit God has chosen2:13 Rm 9:11; 11:5; Eph 1:4; 1Th 1:4 you for salvation through sanctification2:13 Rm 6:19; 1Co 1:30; 1Th 4:3; 1Tm 2:15; Heb 12:14; 1Pt 1:2 by the Spirit and through belief in the truth.
14He called you to this through our gospel, so that you might obtain the glory2:14 Lk 9:32; Jn 17:24; 2Co 3:18; 1Pt 5:1,4; 2Pt 3:18 of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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