Don't you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things?16
And now you know what is holding him back,2 so that he may be revealed at the proper time.
For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back3 will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.
And then the lawless one will be revealed,4 whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth5 and destroy by the splendor of his coming.69
The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan7 displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders,810
and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing.9 They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.1011
For this reason God sends them11 a powerful delusion12 so that they will believe the lie1312
and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.14