THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL
B. Correction --
The Misconception concerning the Day
of the Lord's Coming
1 Now we ask you, brothers, 1with regard to the 2acoming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our bgathering together 3to Him,
2 That you be not quickly shaken 1in mind nor alarmed, neither by a 2aspirit nor by word nor by a letter as if by us, to the effect that the 3day of the Lord has come.
3 Let no one 1deceive you in any way, because it will not come unless the 2aapostasy comes first and the 3man of blawlessness is revealed, the cson of dperdition,
4 Who opposes and 1aexalts himself above all that is called bGod or an object of worship, so that he csits in the 2dtemple of God, setting himself forth, saying that ehe is God.
5 Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I said these things to you?
6 And now you know that which 1restrains, so that he might be revealed in his own 2time.
7 For it is the 1mystery of alawlessness that is now operating, but only until the one now restraining 2goes out of the way.
8 And then the alawless one will be revealed (whom the Lord Jesus will 1slay by the 2bbreath of His cmouth and dbring to nothing by the 3manifestation of His 4ecoming),
9 The coming of whom is 1according to Satan's operation in all apower and bsigns and wonders of a 2lie
10 And in all deceit of unrighteousness among those who are aperishing, because they did not receive the love of the truth that they might be saved.
11 And 1because of this God asends to them an operation of error that they might believe the blie,
12 So that all who have not believed the atruth but have taken 1pleasure in unrighteousness might be judged.
C. Further Encouragement
13 But we ought to athank God always concerning you, brothers bbeloved of the Lord, because God 1cchose you 2from the dbeginning unto esalvation in 3fsanctification of the Spirit and 4belief of the gtruth,
14 To 1which also He acalled you through our bgospel unto the obtaining of the 2cglory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15 So then, brothers, astand firm and hold to the 1bthings which were handed down to you and which you were taught, whether by word or by our letter.
16 Now our 1Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has aloved us and given us 2eternal comfort and 3good bhope in 4grace,
17 Comfort your hearts and aestablish you in every good work and word.