2 Thessalonians  2

The Great Apostasy

Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Stand Fast

13 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, 14 to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.
16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.

Questions & Answers

  1. What is this letter concerning? 2 Thessalonians 2:1
  2. Who will we be gathered to? 2 Thessalonians 2:1
  3. What are we not to be shaken in mind or troubled about? 2 Thessalonians 2:2
  4. Had Paul sent any word or letter saying that the Day of the Lord had come? 2 Thessalonians 2:2
  5. What are we not to let anyone do to us? 2 Thessalonians 2:3
  6. What must first happen before the Day of the Lord? 2 Thessalonians 2:3
  7. Who must be revealed first? 2 Thessalonians 2:3
  8. What will the son of perdition oppose and exalt himself above? 2 Thessalonians 2:4
  9. Where will he sit? 2 Thessalonians 2:4
  10. What will he show himself to be? 2 Thessalonians 2:4
  11. Had Paul already told them these things? 2 Thessalonians 2:5
  12. When would the man of sin be revealed? 2 Thessalonians 2:6
  13. What is already at work? 2 Thessalonians 2:7
  14. How long will he who restrains do so? 2 Thessalonians 2:7
  15. Who will then be revealed? 2 Thessalonians 2:8
  16. How will the lawless one be consumed? 2 Thessalonians 2:8
  17. How will he be destroyed? 2 Thessalonians 2:8
  18. According to whose working will the lawless one be? 2 Thessalonians 2:9
  19. How will he deceive people? 2 Thessalonians 2:9
  20. Why will people be deceived? 2 Thessalonians 2:10
  21. What did they not love? 2 Thessalonians 2:10
  22. Because of this, what will God send to them? 2 Thessalonians 2:11
  23. When the lawless one is revealed, what will God do? 2 Thessalonians 2:11
  24. What will they believe? 2 Thessalonians 2:11
  25. Who will be condemned? 2 Thessalonians 2:12
  26. What did they have pleasure in? 2 Thessalonians 2:12
  27. Why did Paul give thanks for them?  2 Thessalonians 2:13
  28. What did God choose them for? 2 Thessalonians 2:13
  29. What did they have belief in? 2 Thessalonians 2:13
  30. How are we called? 2 Thessalonians 2:14
  31. What will we obtain? 2 Thessalonians 2:14
  32. What are we to stand fast and hold? 2 Thessalonians 2:15
  33. How are we taught those traditions? 2 Thessalonians 2:15
  34. What has God given us? 2 Thessalonians 2:16
  35. What will this do to our hearts? 2 Thessalonians 2:17
  36. What will we be established in? 2 Thessalonians 2:17