The secret power of evil is already working in the world, but there is one who is stopping that power. And he will continue to stop it until he is taken out of the way.
Then that Man of Evil will appear, and the Lord Jesus will kill him with the breath that comes from his mouth and will destroy him with the glory of his coming.
The Man of Evil will come by the power of Satan. He will have great power, and he will do many different false miracles, signs, and wonders.
He will use every kind of evil to trick those who are lost. They will die, because they refused to love the truth. (If they loved the truth, they would be saved.)
For this reason God sends them something powerful that leads them away from the truth so they will believe a lie.
So all those will be judged guilty who did not believe the truth, but enjoyed doing evil.
Brothers and sisters, whom the Lord loves, God chose you from the beginning to be saved. So we must always thank God for you. You are saved by the Spirit that makes you holy and by your faith in the truth.
God used the Good News that we preached to call you to be saved so you can share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So, brothers and sisters, stand strong and continue to believe the teachings we gave you in our speaking and in our letter.
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father encourage you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say. God loved us, and through his grace he gave us a good hope and encouragement that continues forever.