2 Thessalonians 2

1My brothers, we want to talk to you about the time when our Lord Jesus Christ comes again and we are taken to meet him. 2Do not let your minds be easily upset. Do not be troubled by a spirit, or a message, or a letter. Do not be troubled if you hear that the day of the Lord has already come. Some people will say it came from us.

3Do not let anyone fool you in any way. Before the day of the Lord comes, many people will stop believing God. The Man of Evil will be seen. He is the evil one who will be destroyed for ever. 4He will put himself against God. He will put himself above everything to do with God, and above everything that people worship. He will sit in God’s holy place and tell people that he is God. 5You remember that I told you these things when I was still with you. 6And you know what is holding that evil man back. He will not be seen until it is his time to be seen. 7The plan to make people wrong has already begun to work. But someone is holding back that plan. He will stop the law-breaker for a time. 8Then that evil man will be seen. The Lord Jesus will kill him with the breath from his mouth. The coming of the Lord Jesus will be so bright and wonderful that it will put the evil man to an end. 9The coming of the evil man is the work of Satan. He will come in great power with signs that are not true, and wonderful things. 10And by his bad tricks he will fool people who are lost. They will not love the true message which would have saved them. 11That is why God lets them be fooled so that they will believe what is not true. 12They will all be judged. I mean the people who have not believed in the true message but who wanted to do what is wrong.

13My brothers, the Lord loves you. We should thank God for you always. Here is why. From the beginning God chose you to be saved. You were saved because the Spirit made you holy and because you believed the true message. 14God called you to be saved by the good news we brought you. He did this so that you would have some of the honour which the Lord Jesus Christ has. 15So my brothers, be strong. Hold on to the things we taught you by our words or by letter.

16God has loved us and made us happy through his kindness. He gave us everlasting comfort and good hope. 17May our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, comfort your hearts and make you strong to do and say everything that is good.

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