Now, friends, read these next words carefully. Slow down and don't go jumping to conclusions regarding the day when our Master, Jesus Christ, will come back and we assemble to welcome him.
Don't let anyone shake you up or get you excited over some breathless report or rumored letter from me that the day of the Master's arrival has come and gone.
Don't fall for any line like that.
He'll defy and then take over every so-called god or altar. Having cleared away the opposition, he'll then set himself up in God's Temple as "God Almighty."
Don't you remember me going over all this in detail when I was with you? Are your memories that short?
You'll also remember that I told you the Anarchist is being held back until just the right time.
That doesn't mean that the spirit of anarchy is not now at work. It is, secretly and underground.
But the time will come when the Anarchist will no longer be held back, but will be let loose. But don't worry. The Master Jesus will be right on his heels and blow him away. The Master appears and - puff! - the Anarchist is out of there.
The Anarchist's coming is all Satan's work. All his power and signs and miracles are fake,
evil sleight of hand that plays to the gallery of those who hate the truth that could save them.
And since they're so obsessed with evil, God rubs their noses in it - gives them what they want.
Since they refuse to trust truth, they're banished to their chosen world of lies and illusions.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)