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2 Thessalonians 2 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Events prior to the Lord’s Second Coming
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:1 - Now, dear brothers and sisters,[fn] let us clarify some things about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and how we will be gathered to meet him.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:2 - Don’t be so easily shaken or alarmed by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun. Don’t believe them, even if they claim to have had a spiritual vision, a revelation, or a letter supposedly from us.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:3 - Don’t be fooled by what they say. For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness[fn] is revealed—the one who brings destruction.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:4 - He will exalt himself and defy everything that people call god and every object of worship. He will even sit in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:5 - Don’t you remember that I told you about all this when I was with you?
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:6 - And you know what is holding him back, for he can be revealed only when his time comes.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:7 - For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:8 - Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, but the Lord Jesus will kill him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by the splendor of his coming.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:9 - This man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:10 - He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:11 - So God will cause them to be greatly deceived, and they will believe these lies.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:12 - Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth.
Believers Should Stand Firm
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:13 - As for us, we can’t help but thank God for you, dear brothers and sisters loved by the Lord. We are always thankful that God chose you to be among the first[fn] to experience salvation—a salvation that came through the Spirit who makes you holy and through your belief in the truth.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:14 - He called you to salvation when we told you the Good News; now you can share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:15 - With all these things in mind, dear brothers and sisters, stand firm and keep a strong grip on the teaching we passed on to you both in person and by letter.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:16 - Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope,
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 2:17 - comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.
NLT Footnotes
Greek brothers; also in 2:13, 15.
Some manuscripts read the man of sin.
Greek the son of destruction.
Some manuscripts read chose you from the very beginning.

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