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2 Thessalonians 2:1-7 (Today's New International Version)

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The Man of Lawlessness

1 Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ1 and our being gathered to him,2 we ask you, brothers and sisters, 2 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.5 3 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. 4 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.10 5 Don't you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things?11 6 And now you know what is holding him back,12 so that he may be revealed at the proper time. 7 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.
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