The Great Apostasy
1Now, brethren, ⚓concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ ⚓and our gathering together to Him, we ask you,
2⚓not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.
3Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come⚓unless the falling away comes first, and ⚓the man of sin is revealed, ⚓the son of perdition,
4who opposes and ⚓exalts himself ⚓above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
5Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?
6And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time.
7For ⚓the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.
8And then the lawless one will be revealed, ⚓whom the Lord will consume ⚓with the breath of His mouth and destroy ⚓with the brightness of His coming.
9The coming of the lawless one is ⚓according to the working of Satan, with all power, ⚓signs, and lying wonders,
10and with all unrighteous deception among ⚓those who perish, because they did not receive ⚓the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11And ⚓for this reason God will send them strong delusion, ⚓that they should believe the lie,
12that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but ⚓had pleasure in unrighteousness.
13But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God ⚓from the beginning ⚓chose you for salvation ⚓through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,
14to which He called you by our gospel, for ⚓the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15Therefore, brethren, ⚓stand fast and hold ⚓the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.
16Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, ⚓who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and ⚓good hope by grace,
17comfort your hearts ⚓and establish you in every good word and work.