The year 1871 was defined as one of “pivotal change," and this change was immediately felt in Russian-German relations. Bismarck himself did not want to alienate Russia because he wished to prevent a new Russian-French rapprochement He was also against any war, even a victorious war against Russia.
The Church of the Old Rome fell because of the infidelity of the Apollinarian heresy. The Second Rome—the Church of Constantinople—was hewn down by the axes of the sons of Hagar. And now this Third Rome of thy mighty kingdom—the holy catholic and apostolic Church—will illumine the whole universe like the sun. . . . Know and accept, О pious Tsar, that all the Christian kingdoms have come together into thine own, that two Romes have Alien, and that a third stands, while a fourth there shall not be; thy Christian kingdom shall fall to no other.
For that day shall not come, except there come a falling away (apostasia) first, and that man of sin (anomia) be revealed, the son of perdition (apoleia); who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he (ho antikeimenos) as God sitteth in the temple of God (eis ton naon), shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth (to katechon) that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth (ho katechon) will let, until he be taken out of the way (ek mesou geneta).
Paul - or the faithful disciple who interprets or tries to explain his thought - returns in The Second Letter to Thessalonians to the eschatology of The First Letter to Thessalonians in order to warn that the Lord Jesus will not return until the work of his Adversary (Antikeimenos) is complete.