Notice that the description here of the Antichrist, the “man of lawlessness” (v. 4) fits whoever the Pope is at any given time.

BibleGateway: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4

ESV Text: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4

2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 (Listen)

The Man of Lawlessness

2:1 Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. (ESV)

KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 2

     1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

     3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth 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.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 258:
Lord of our Life and God of our Salvation — Organ Audio

1. Lord of our life and God of our salvation. 
Star of our night and Hope of every nation, 
Hear and receive Thy Church’s supplication, 
Lord God Almighty. 

2. See round Thine ark the hungry billows curling; 
See how thy foes their banners are unfurling. 
Lord, while their darts envenomed they are hurling, 
Thou canst preserve us. 

3. Lord, Thou canst help when earthly armor faileth; 
Lord, Thou canst save when deadly sin assaileth; 
Lord, o’er Thy Church nor death nor hell prevaileth; 
Grant us Thy peace, Lord: 

4. Peace in our hearts, our evil thoughts assuaging; 
Peace in Thy Church where brothers are engaging; 
Peace when the world its busy war is waging. 
Calm Thy foes’ raging. 

5. Grant us Thy help till backward they are driven; 
Grant them Thy truth that they may be forgiven; 
Grant peace on earth or, after we have striven, 
Peace in Thy heaven.