The Day of the Lord
2 Now regarding the arrival 1 of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to be with him, 2 we ask you, brothers and sisters, 3 2 not to be easily 4 shaken from your composure or disturbed by any kind of spirit or message or letter allegedly from us, 5 to the effect that the day of the Lord is already here. 3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not arrive until the rebellion comes 6 and the man of lawlessness 7 is revealed, the son of destruction. 8 4 He 9 opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, and as a result he takes his seat 10 in God’s temple, displaying himself as God. 11 5 Surely you recall 12 that I used to tell you these things while I was still with you. 6 And so 13 you know what holds him back, 14 so that he will be revealed in his own time. 7 For the hidden power of lawlessness 15 is already at work. However, the one who holds him back 16 will do so until he is taken out of the way, 8 and then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord 17 will destroy by the breath of his mouth and wipe out by the manifestation of his arrival. 9 The arrival of the lawless one 18 will be by Satan’s working with all kinds of miracles 19 and signs and false wonders, 10 and with every kind of evil deception directed against 20 those who are perishing, because they found no place in their hearts for the truth 21 so as to be saved. 11 Consequently 22 God sends on them a deluding influence 23 so that they will believe what is false. 12 And so 24 all of them who have not believed the truth but have delighted in evil will be condemned. 25
Call to Stand Firm
13 But we ought to thank God always for you, brothers and sisters 26 loved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning 27 for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. 14 He called you to this salvation 28 through our gospel, so that you may possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 29 15 Therefore, brothers and sisters, 30 stand firm and hold on to the traditions that we taught you, whether by speech or by letter. 31 16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, 17 encourage your hearts and strengthen you 32 in every good thing you do or say. 33
Request for Prayer
3 Finally, pray for us, brothers and sisters, 1 that the Lord’s message 2 may spread quickly and be honored 3 as in fact it was among you, 2 and that we may be delivered from perverse and evil people. For not all have faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful, and he 4 will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. 4 And we are confident about you in the Lord that you are both doing – and will do – what we are commanding. 5 Now may the Lord direct your hearts toward the love of God 5 and the endurance of Christ. 6
Response to the Undisciplined
6 But we command you, brothers and sisters, 7 in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from any brother who lives an undisciplined 8 life 9 and not according to the tradition they 10 received from us. 7 For you know yourselves how you must imitate us, because we did not behave without discipline 11 among you, 8 and we did not eat anyone’s food without paying. 12 Instead, in toil and drudgery we worked 13 night and day in order not to burden any of you. 9 It was not because we do not have that right, but to give ourselves as an example for you to imitate. 14 10 For even when we were with you, we used to give you this command: “If anyone is not willing to work, neither should he eat.” 11 For we hear that some among you are living an undisciplined life, 15 not doing their own work but meddling in the work of others. 16 12 Now such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly and so provide their own food to eat. 17 13 But you, brothers and sisters, 18 do not grow weary in doing what is right. 14 But if anyone does not obey our message through this letter, take note of him and do not associate closely with him, so that he may be ashamed. 15 Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. 19
16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with you all. 17 I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand, which is how I write in every letter. 20 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. 21
1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, 1 which God gave him to show his servants 2 what must happen very soon. 3 He made it clear 4 by sending his angel to his servant 5 John, 2 who then 6 testified to everything that he saw concerning the word of God and the testimony about 7 Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is the one who reads the words of this 8 prophecy aloud, 9 and blessed are 10 those who hear and obey 11 the things written in it, because the time is near! 12
4 From John, 13 to the seven churches that are in the province of Asia: 14 Grace and peace to you 15 from “he who is,” 16 and who was, and who is still to come, 17 and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ – the faithful 18 witness, 19 the firstborn from among the dead, the ruler over the kings of the earth. To the one who loves us and has set us free 20 from our sins at the cost of 21 his own blood 6 and has appointed 22 us as a kingdom, 23 as priests 24 serving his God and Father – to him be the glory and the power for ever and ever! 25 Amen.
7 (Look! He is returning with the clouds, 26
and every eye will see him,
even 27 those who pierced him, 28
and all the tribes 29 on the earth will mourn because 30 of him.
This will certainly come to pass! 31 Amen.) 32
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” 33 says the Lord God – the one who is, and who was, and who is still to come – the All-Powerful! 34
9 I, John, your brother and the one who shares 35 with you in the persecution, kingdom, and endurance that 36 are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony about Jesus. 37 10 I was in the Spirit 38 on the Lord’s Day 39 when 40 I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11 saying: “Write in a book what you see and send it to the seven churches – to Ephesus, 41 Smyrna, 42 Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”
12 I 43 turned to see whose voice was speaking to me, 44 and when I did so, 45 I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands was one like a son of man. 46 He was dressed in a robe extending down to his feet and he wore a wide golden belt 47 around his chest. 14 His 48 head and hair were as white as wool, even as white as snow, 49 and his eyes were like a fiery 50 flame. 15 His feet were like polished bronze 51 refined 52 in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar 53 of many waters. 16 He held 54 seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp double-edged sword extended out of his mouth. His 55 face shone like the sun shining at full strength. 17 When 56 I saw him I fell down at his feet as though I were dead, but 57 he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid! I am the first and the last, 18 and the one who lives! I 58 was dead, but look, now I am alive – forever and ever – and I hold the keys of death and of Hades! 59 19 Therefore write what you saw, what is, and what will be after these things. 60 20 The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and the seven golden lampstands is this: 61 The seven stars are the angels 62 of the seven churches and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.