Q: At what stage are we right now in the redemption process?
The very question shows that the point is misunderstood, because it assumes that the redemption is dictated from Above. The redemption is not pre-ordained for a certain time. It depends upon us. Thus, at any given moment, we are at the last minute, just as the Mashiach, when asked by Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Levi when he would come, answered, “Today!” Elijah the Prophet then explained that the Mashiach meant, “Today, if you listen to His voice.” It all depends upon us.
The Rebbe told us that reality is prepared at this very moment for redemption. Now it only depends upon the Mashiach inside each and every one of us. Every person has a spark of the king Mashiach, and when enough sparks awaken to act in reality, Mashiach will come. The revelation of the redemption also depends on our eyes, as the Rebbe said. We have to open our eyes to see that the Mashiach is coming.
People often think that the key to the redemption is in God’s hands, but in truth, God deposited that key in my hands, in your hands and in the hands of each and every one of us. We have to take the key out of our pockets, use it first to open our eyes and then to unlock all the treasures within us, and by doing so, bring the Mashiach.