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by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.3
3 Let no man a deceive you by any means : for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man 4 of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and bexalteth himself i above
: immediately at hand. Wh.
4 the man. We. Pu.
d See on Mat. xxiv. 4.
el Tim. iv. 1: Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils. 2 Tim. iii. 1, &c: This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come, &c. 2 Pet. iii. 3 : Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers. I John, ii. 18 : Little children, it is the last time : and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come. Jude, 18 : [The apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ] told you there should be mockers in the last time.
Dan. vii. 25 : He shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws : and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. 1 Mac.ii. 48, 62: Neither suffered they the sinner to triumph. Fear not then the words of a simple man : for his glory shall be dung and worms. 1 John, ii. 18: The words above. do. iv.3: Every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God : and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Rev. xiii. 11, &c: I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
8 John, xvii. 12: None of them is lost, but the son of per-, dition.
h Isa. xiv. 13 : Thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north. Ezek. xxviii. 2, 3, 6, 9: Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord God; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a god, I sit in the seat of God-yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God. Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee. Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God. Wilt thou yet say before him
all that is called God, or that is worshipped ; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.6
5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things ?
6 And now ye know what withholdeth? that he might be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth s already work : only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked' be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with them spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming :10
9 Even him whose coming is after the work
5 bo:isting. Cr. G'as if he were God. Wi. Rh. 7 holdeth. A. V. 8 in his own season. Ham. 9 the unrighteous one. Pu. 10 presence. Ham. Pu.
that slayeth thee, I am God ? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee. Dan. vii. 25: The words under ver. 3. do. xi. 36: And the king shall do ac: cording to his' will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished : for that that is determined shall be done. Rev. xiji. 6 : And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
i 1 Cor. viii.5: Though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many.)
k1 John, iv. 3 : The words under ver. 3.
'Dan. vii. 10, 11 : A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him. I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake : I bebeld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.
m Job, iv. 9: By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed. See on Eph. vi. 17.
» See on 2 Thes. i. 8, 9.
• John, viii. 41: Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. Eph. ii. 2: Wherein in time past ye walked
ing of Satan with all power and P signs and lying wonders,"
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion,12 * that they should believe a lie : 13
12 *That they all might be damned 14 who believed not the truth, but "had pleasure in unrighteousness.
13 But we are bound to 'give thanks alway " lying power, signs and wonders. Co. Ma. Cr. Dod. ? the working of error, Pu. 18 lies. Co. Ma. Cr. Bi. Gen. 14 condemned. We, Pu. according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience. Rev. xviii. 23 : By thy sorceries were all nations deceived.
p See on MAT. xxiv. 24. 9 Heb. iii. 13 : But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. See on 2 Cor. ii. 15.
1 Kings, xxii. 23: Behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy [Ahab's] prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee. Pro. i. 29 : For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord. Ezek. xiv. 9: If the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel. See on Acts, vii. 42.
s Mat. xxiv. 5, 11: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 1 Tim. iv. 1: The words under ver.
* Deut. xxxii. 35: To me belongeth vengeance, and recompense; their foot shall slide in due time : for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make baste.
u Rom. i. 32 : Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
See on Rom. i. 8.
to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because 15 God hath *from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth :
14 Whereunto he called you by our Gospel, to the "obtaining of the glory 16 of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15 Therefore, brethren, a stand fast, and hold the traditions 17 which ye have been taught, whether by word, 18 or our epistle.
16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, 19 d which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and e good hope through grace,
15 that. Ham. 16 to the glorious salvation. Whit. 17 instructions. Gen, things delivered. Pu, our preaching. Co. Ma. Cr. Bi. Father. Co. Ma, Olde.
# 1 Thes, i. 4: Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.
* See on 2 Tim. i. 9.
2 John, xvii. 22: The glory which thou gavest me I have given them. I Thes. ii. 12: That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. 1 Pet. v. 10: But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
a I Cor. xvi. 13 : Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. See on Phi, iv. 1. b 1 Cor. xi. 2: Now I praise you, brethren, that
ye remem. ber me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. 2 Thes. iii. 6.
c 2 Thes. i. 1, 2.
di John, iv. 10 : Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Rev. i.5: And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.
el Pet. i. 3: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath
17 Comfort your hearts, 'and stablish you in every good word and work.
CHAP. III. 1 He craveth their prayers for himself, 3 testifieth what confidence he hath in them, 5 maketh request to God in their behalf, 6 giveth them divers precepts, especially to shun idleness, and ill company, 16 and last of all concludeth with prayer and salutation.
FINALLY, brethren, pray for us, that the ” word of the Lord may have free course,' and be glorified, even as it is with 2
you : 2 And that we may be o delivered from unreasonable 3 and 4 wicked men : e for all men have not faith.
3. But the Lord is ffaithful, who shall stablish you, 6 and keep you from evil.
4 And h we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.
5 And the Lord i directo your hearts into the
Gr. may run. A. V. 2 among, or toward. Ham. Gr. absurd. A. V. guide. 1 Thes. i. 6. A. V. begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, fSee on Rom. xvi. 25.
CHAP. III. * 1 T#es. v. 25: Brethren, pray for us. See on Rom. xv. 30. b See on Acts, vi. 7.
• Rom. xv. 31 : That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judæa.
d See on Acts, xiii. 45.
Acts, xxviii. 24: And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. ROM. X. 16 : But they have not all obeyed the Gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
fSee on 1 Cor. i. 9.
82 Pet. ii. 9: The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished. See on John, xvii. 15.
GAL. v. 10: 'I have confidence in you through the Lord, that
ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be. 2 Cor. vii. 16.
i 1 Chr. xxix. 18: O LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of