“Let no one seduce you, no matter how. Since the man of apostasy has not yet occurred nor the man of lawlessness been revealed – that son of perdition and adversary who exalts himself about every so-called god proposed for worship, he who seats himself in God’s temple and even declares himself to be God . . . You know what restrains him until he shall be revealed in his own time. The secret force of lawlessness is already at work, but there is one who holds him back until that restrainer shall be taken from the scene.”
“Thereupon the lawless one will be revealed, and the Lord Jesus will destroy him with the breath of his mouth, and annihilate him by manifesting his own presence. This lawless one will appear as part of the workings of Satan, accompanied by all the power and signs and wonders at the disposal of falsehood – by every seduction the wicked can devise for those destined to ruin, because they have not opened their hearts to the truth in order to be saved. Therefore God is sending upon them a perverse spirit which leads them to give credence to falsehood, so that all who have not believed the truth but have delighted in evildoing will be condemned . . . Therefore, brothers, stand firm. Hold fast to the traditions you received from us, either by our word or by letter” (2 Thes 2:3-14).