“In those days,
People will seek death,
But will not find it.
They will long
καὶ ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις ἐκείναις ζητήσουσιν οἱ ἄνθρωποι τὸν θάνατον καὶ οὐ μὴ εὑρήσουσιν αὐτόν, καὶ ἐπιθυμήσουσιν ἀποθανεῖν καὶ φεύγει ὁ θάνατος ἀπ’ αὐτῶν.
John said, “In those days (καὶ ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις ἐκείναις), people (οἱ ἄνθρωποι) will seek (ζητήσουσιν) death (τὸν θάνατον), but will not find it (καὶ οὐ μὴ εὑρήσουσιν αὐτόν). They will long (καὶ ἐπιθυμήσουσιν) to die (ἀποθανεῖν), but (καὶ) death (ὁ θάνατος) will flee (φεύγει) from them (ἀπ’ αὐτῶν).” John indicated that this stinging torture would be so bad, that many people would rather seek death than put up with this stinging torture. People would want to die, but death would flee them. They would not be able to catch death, but rather suffer on. Do you think that you would ever prefer death over life?