1 But we beseech you, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering unto him; 2 that you be not suddenly shaken from your mind, nor disturbed, whether by a spirit, or through word, or a letter as by us, as that the day of the Lord has come. 3 Let no one deceive you in any way: because unless there may first be an apostasy and the man of lawlessness may be revealed, the son of perdition, 4 the one opposing and exalting himself above everything that is called God or divinity; so that he sits in the temple of God, showing himself off that he is God.
5 Do you not remember that still being with you, I told you these things? 6 And now you know that which hinders, that he should be revealed in his time. 7 For already the mystery of lawlessness is working: only there is one now hindering, until he may be taken out of the midst; 8 then indeed will the lawless one be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will remove by the spirit of his mouth, and will exterminate by the brightness of his coming; 9 whose coming is according to the energy of Satan in all power and signs and wonders of falsehood, 10 and in all the deception of unrighteousness to those who perish; because they did not receive the divine love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And on this account God sends to them the working of delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 in order that they may all be condemned who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in unrighteousness.
13 But we ought to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning unto salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth; 14 unto which He also called you through our gospel, unto the possession of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 Then therefore, brethren, stand, and hold fast the traditions which you have been taught, whether by word, or by our epistle:
16 and our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, the one having loved us and given eternal consolation and good hope through grace, 17 comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good work and word.