In the meantime, enjoy!
Our sages say that at the end of days G-d will shake the earth like a blanket, and only those who are holding on tight will avoid being thrown down to the ground.
That’s not to say that we should now dive back under the blankets and hold them firmly over our heads until the storm passes.
Everything G-d does, he does for the good.
If G-d decides to bring a great fear into the world, it’s for our own benefit.
We don’t want to have our heads stuck in some lowly materialistic pursuit when the King of Kings comes to town. We don’t want to spiritually sleep away our chance to witness the main event of all time.
Plus, it’s not very respectful for the Master of the Universe to reveal Himself to just a small handful of people, whilst the vast majority are simply out shopping or surfing.
So, G-d needs to give us a wake-up call.
But, what type of wake-up call?
Maybe G-d should bring us a nice cup of tea whilst we sit up in bed and consider our options? Maybe He could just send Eliahyu HaNavi to bring some good tidings about our future redemption?
Will we listen? Would we pay attention? Unfortunately, I don’t think so.
But fear! Why fear!?!
Let me ask you, what gets you out of bed faster? ‘There’s breakfast on the table’ or ‘F I R E !!!’
When all the gentle encouragement, nudging in the right direction and even strongly worded warnings from the leaders of our generation seem to fall on deaf ears, there’s not much left for G-d to do except to start yelling ‘FIRE!!!’ loudly and with even greater intensity.
Yet G-d is still very merciful. So, before the yelling comes, He begins softly, gradually raising the volume, giving us all a chance to listen to His warnings before they get too intense to handle.
But, if our sages have forewarned us that the blanket (the world) will certainly shake before the revelation of Hashem and the coming of His Holy Redeemer, then it seems quite likely that Hashem may in fact be forced to resort to making use of the more earth-shaking type of wake-up call.
But, there is hope.
To paraphrase Rabbi Nachman, ‘one who fears One, fears no-one’. Meaning, if we fear Hashem, we won’t fear anything or anyone. Just like all our character traits, fear can be used for the good (fear of Hashem) or for the not good (fear of… well, everything else).
So, in order not to pass-out, paralyse ourselves, or run-off in search of the nearest exit, there will be only one correct choice left, which will be to elevate our ‘fallen fear’ to its rightful place, which is ‘fear of Heaven’.
Only when we have true Fear of Heaven will we be in a fit and proper state to greet the King. And Hashem wants to get us ready. For our own sake.
There will definitely be a party, the biggest party of all time. But, here’s the kicker – it will also be the most SERIOUS party of all time too. Not one for light-headedness.
And guess what? Your ticket is waiting for you.
Now, isn’t that a sobering thought.