Good illustration. I never really thought about it like that.
Nobody wants to die, it will be the one thing humans will always try to escape.
That is why the same lie works so well today. The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society have taken that same lie and delivered it in a different package. Different words which mean the same thing. I personally believe that the Apostle Paul was making reference to that SAME lie in 2nd Thessalonians Chapter 2.
. 9 But the lawless one’s presence is according to the operation of Satan with every powerful work and lying signs and portents 10 and with every unrighteous deception for those who are perishing, as a retribution because they did not accept the love of the truth that they might be saved. 11 So that is why God lets an operation of error go to them, that they may get to believing the lie, 12 in order that they all may be judged because they did not believe the truth but took pleasure in unrighteousness.
I am therefore convinced that the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society is indeed fulfillling bible prophecy!