12 They trampled the Lord's altar coming straight from every kind of impurity, and with menstrual blood on them they defiled the burnt-offerings as if they were ordinary meat. 13 There was no sin that was not worse than the Gentiles. 14 On account of this God confused their minds; he made them drink as if with undiluted wine. 15 He brought the one from the end of the earth, the mighty warrior, he declared war against Jerusalem, and against her land. 16 The leaders of the country met him with joy. They said to him, 'Welcome, we have expected you. Come, all of you, enter in peace.'
7 For the hidden power of lawlessness is already at work. However, the one who holds him back will do so until he is taken out of the way, 8 and then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will destroy by the breath of his mouth and wipe out by the manifestation of his arrival. 9 The arrival of the lawless one will be by Satan’s working with all kinds of miracles and signs and false wonders, 10 and with every kind of evil deception directed against those who are perishing, because they found no place in their hearts for the truth so as to be saved. 11 Consequently God sends on them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false. 12 And so all of them who have not believed the truth but have delighted in evil will be condemned.