Day of the Lord
1Brothers and sisters, we have a request for you concerning our Lord Jesus Christ’s coming and when we are gathered together to be with him. 2We don’t want you to be easily confused in your mind or upset if you hear that the day of the Lord is already here, whether you hear it through some spirit, a message, or a letter supposedly from us. 3Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way. That day won’t come unless the rebellion comes first and the person who is lawless is revealed, who is headed for destruction. 4He is the opponent of every so-called god or object of worship and promotes himself over them. So he sits in God’s temple, displaying himself to show that he is God. 5You remember that I used to tell you these things while I was with you, don’t you? 6Now you know what holds him back so that he can be revealed when his time comes. 7The hidden plan to live without any law is at work now, but it will be secret only until the one who is holding it back is out of the way. 8Then the person who is lawless will be revealed. The Lord Jesus will destroy him with the breath from his mouth. When the Lord comes, his appearance will put an end to him. 9When the person who is lawless comes, it will happen through Satan’s effort, with all kinds of fake power, signs, and wonders. 10It will happen with every sort of wicked deception of those who are heading toward destruction because they have refused to love the truth that would allow them to be saved. 11This is why God will send them an influence that will mislead them so that they will believe the lie. 12The result will be that everyone will be judged who is not convinced by the truth but is happy with injustice.
Prayer of thanks and encouragement
13But we always must thank God for you, brothers and sisters who are loved by God. This is because he chose you from the beginning to be the first crop of the harvest. This brought salvation, through your dedication to God by the Spirit and through your belief in the truth. 14God called all of you through our good news so you could possess the honor of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold on to the traditions we taught you, whether we taught you in person or through our letter. 16Our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and a good hope. 17May he encourage your hearts and give you strength in every good thing you do or say.