1 With regard to the arrival of the Lord Jesus Christ and our muster before him, I beg you, brothers, 2 not to let your minds get easily unsettled or excited by any spirit of prophecy or any declaration or any letter purporting to come from me, to the effect that the Day of the Lord is already here. 3 Let nobody delude you into this belief, whatever he may say. It will not come till the Rebellion takes place first of all, with the revealing of the Lawless One, the doomed One, 4 the adversary who vaunts himself above and against every so-called god or object of worship, actually seating himself in the temple of God with the proclamation that he himself is God.
5 Do you not remember I used to tell you this when I was with you? 6 Well, you can recall now what it is that restrains him from being revealed before his appointed time. 7 For the secret force of lawlessness is at work already; only, it cannot be revealed till he who at present restrains it is removed. 8 Then shall the Lawless One be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will destroy with the breath of his lips and quell by his appearing and arrival ??9 that One whose arrival is due to Satan's activity, with the full power, the miracles and portents, of falsehood, 10 and with the full deceitfulness of evil for those who are doomed to perish, since they refuse to love the Truth that would save them. 11 Therefore God visits them with an active delusion, till they put faith in falsehood, 12 so that all may be doomed who refuse faith in the Truth but delight in evil.
13 Now we are bound always to thank God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you as the first to be reaped for salvation, by the consecration of your spirit and by faith in the Truth; 14 it was for this that he called you by our gospel, to gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 Well then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the rules which you have learned from us orally or by letter.
16 And may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father who has loved us and given us eternal encouragement and good hope, 17 graciously encourage your hearts and strengthen them for all good in deed and word.