Apostasy is to precede the Second Coming—The gospel prepares men for eternal glory.
1 Now we beseech you, brethren, aby the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
4 Who aopposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
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, that they should believe a lie:
13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning achosen you to salvation through bsanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
14 Whereunto he called you by our agospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.