THE SECOND EPISTLE
PAUL THE APOSTLE
2 Thessalonians 2 ©
1 The apostle declares that the coming of Christ to judgment shall not be so soon as some sought to persuade them. 3 But that the apostasy and antichrist must first come, whose marks he describes. 5 Testifies that he had told them the same before this, as also what that was which withheld him. 8 Declares that he shall truly come afterward, and that he shall remain until the Lord shall destroy him. 9 He warns them of the power of seduction itself, in them who perish. 11 And that by the just judgment of God upon the unthankfulness of men. 13 But assures the Thessalonians of their election to salvation in faith and sanctification. 15 Exhorts them to continue firm in it, 16 And prays God that He would comfort and confirm them.
NOW we beseech you, brethren, 1by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by 2our gathering together unto him,
Thata ye be not soon 3shaken 4in mind, or 5be troubled, neither 6by spirit, nor 7by word, nor 8by letter as from us, as that 9the day of Christ is at hand.
Let no man 10deceive you by any means: for 11that day shall not come, exceptb there come 12a falling away first, and that 13man of sin be 14revealed, 15the son of perdition;
Who 16opposeth and 17exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he 18as God sitteth 19in the temple of God, 20shewing himselfc that he is God.
Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
And now 21ye know 22what 23withholdeth that he might be revealed 24in his time.
For 25the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he 26who now lettethdwill let, until 27he be taken 28out of the way.
And 29then shall that 30Wicked 31be revealed, whome the Lord shall 32consume 33with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy 34with the brightness of his coming:
Even him, 35whose coming is afterf the working 36of Satan 37withg all power and signs and 38lying wonders,
And with 39all 40deceivableness of unrighteousness inh them that perish; 41because they received not 42the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
Andi for this cause 43God shall send them strong delusion, thatj they should believe 44a lie:
That they all might 45be damned who believed not 46the truth, but had pleasure in 47unrighteousness.
But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath 48from the beginning chosen you to salvation 49through sanctification of the Spirit and 50belief of the truth:
Whereunto he called you by our gospel, 51to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, brethren, stand fast, andk hold 52the traditions which ye have been taught, whether 53by word, or our epistle.
Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us 54everlasting consolation and 55good hope 56through grace,
Comfort your hearts, and stablishl you in every 57good word and work.