1About the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, brothers, and our being gathered to him: 2please do not be too easily thrown into confusion or alarmed by any manifestation of the Spirit or anystatement or any letter claiming to come from us, suggesting that the Day of the Lord has already arrived. 3Never let anyone deceive you in any way. It cannot happen until the Great Revolt has taken place andthere has appeared the wicked One, the lost One, 4the Enemy, who raises himself above every so-cal ed God or object of worship to enthrone himself inGod's sanctuary and flaunts the claim that he is God. 5Surely you remember my tel ing you about this when I was with you? 6And you know, too, what is still holding him back from appearing before his appointed time. 7The mystery of wickedness is already at work, but let him who is restraining it once be removed, 8and the wicked One will appear openly. The Lord wil destroy him with the breath of his mouth and wilannihilate him with his glorious appearance at his coming. 9But the coming of the wicked One wil be marked by Satan being at work in al kinds of counterfeitmiracles and signs and wonders, 10and every wicked deception aimed at those who are on the way to destruction because they would notaccept the love of the truth and so be saved. 11And therefore God sends on them a power that deludes people so that they believe what is false, 12and so that those who do not believe the truth and take their pleasure in wickedness may al becondemned. 13But we must always thank God for you, brothers whom the Lord loves, because God chose you fromthe beginning to be saved by the Spirit who makes us holy and by faith in the truth. 14Through our gospel he called you to this so that you should claim as your own the glory of our LordJesus Christ. 15Stand firm, then, brothers, and keep the traditions that we taught you, whether by word of mouth or byletter. 16May our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father who has given us his love and, through hisgrace, such ceaseless encouragement and such sure hope, 17encourage you and strengthen you in every good word and deed.
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