Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ1 and our being gathered to him,2 we ask you, brothers and sisters,
not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us--whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter3--asserting that the day of the Lord 4 has already come.53
Don't let anyone deceive you6 in any way, for [that day will not come] until the rebellion7 occurs and the man of lawlessnessa is revealed,8 the man doomed to destruction.
He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God9 or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God.105
Don't you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things?116
And now you know what is holding him back,12 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 back13 will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.