Don't let anyone deceive you in any way. For [that day] will not come unless the apostasy comes first and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction.
He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he sits in God's sanctuary, publicizing that he himself is God.
Don't you remember that when I was still with you I told you about this?
And you know what currently restrains [him], so that he will be revealed in his time.
For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; but the one now restraining will do so until he is out of the way,