2 Thessalonians 2

The Man of Lawlessness

1 Now, brethren, a concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ b and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 c not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of 1 Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come d unless the falling away comes first, and e the man of 2 sin is revealed, f the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and g exalts himself h above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits 3 as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. 5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. 7 For i the 4 mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only 5 He 5 who now restrains will do so until He 5 is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, j whom the Lord will consume k with the breath of His mouth and destroy l with the brightness of His coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is m according to the working of Satan, with all power, n signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among o those who perish, because they did not receive p the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And q for this reason God will send them strong delusion, r that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but s had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Stand Firm

13 But we are 8 bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God t from the beginning u chose you for salvation v through 9 sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, 14 to which He called you by our gospel, for w the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 Therefore, brethren, x stand fast and hold y the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our 10 epistle.

16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, z who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and a good hope by grace, 17 comfort your hearts b and 11 establish you in every good word and work.

  1. Cross References
    Mark 13:26
    Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
    1 Thessalonians 4:15 - 17
    For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.
  2. Cross References
    Matthew 24:31
    And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
  3. Cross References
    Matthew 24:4
    And Jesus answered and said to them: "Take heed that no one deceives you.
  4. Cross References
    1 Timothy 4:1
    Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.
  5. Cross References
    Daniel 7:25
    He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time.
    Daniel 8:25
    Through his cunning He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; And he shall exalt himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity. He shall even rise against the Prince of princes; But he shall be broken without human means.
    Daniel 11:36
    Then the king shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished; for what has been determined shall be done.
    2 Thessalonians 2:8
    And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.
    Revelation 13:5
    And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months.
  6. Cross References
    John 17:12
    While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
  7. Cross References
    Isaiah 14:13
    For you have said in your heart: 'I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north.
    Isaiah 14:14
    I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.
    Ezekiel 28:2
    Son of man, say to the prince of Tyre, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Because your heart is lifted up, And you say, 'I am a god, I sit in the seat of gods, In the midst of the seas,' Yet you are a man, and not a god, Though you set your heart as the heart of a god
  8. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 8:5
    For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords).
  9. Cross References
    1 John 2:18
    Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.
  10. Cross References
    Daniel 7:10
    A fiery stream issued And came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, And the books were opened.
  11. Cross References
    Isaiah 11:4
    But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, And decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.
    Revelation 2:16
    Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.
    Revelation 19:15
    Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
  12. Cross References
    Hebrews 10:27
    But a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.
  13. Cross References
    John 8:41
    "You do the deeds of your father." Then they said to Him, "We were not born of fornication; we have one Father - God."
  14. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 13:1
    If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder.
  15. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 2:15
    For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.
  16. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 16:22
    If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come!
  17. Cross References
    Romans 1:28
    And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting.
  18. Cross References
    1 Timothy 4:1
    Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.
  19. Cross References
    Romans 1:32
    Who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
    1 Corinthians 13:6
    Does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.
  20. Cross References
    Ephesians 1:4
    Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.
  21. Cross References
    1 Thessalonians 1:4
    Knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God.
  22. Cross References
    1 Thessalonians 4:7
    For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness.
    1 Peter 1:2
    Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.
  23. Cross References
    1 Peter 5:10
    But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
  24. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 16:13
    Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.
  25. Cross References
    Romans 6:17
    But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.
    1 Corinthians 11:2
    Now I praise you, brethren, that you remember me in all things and keep the traditions just as I delivered them to you.
    2 Thessalonians 3:6
    But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us.
  26. Cross References
    Revelation 1:5
    And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood.
  27. Cross References
    Titus 3:7
    That having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
    1 Peter 1:3
    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
  28. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 1:8
    Who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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