The chosid R’ Zushya Willemovsky, “The Partisan”, was told by the Rebbe in a private audience in the 1960s that there remained 20 or 21 things that needed to be accomplished in order for Moshiach to come. From this we learn the significance of the sichos of Dvar Malchus in general, and parshas Noach in particular–that everything has been accomplished and nothing is preventing the Geulah.
In this sicha, the Rebbe speaks about the importance of periodically making a proper spiritual accounting (cheshbon tzedek) to search out a recognize the areas in ourselves which need improvement, even things that are very slight imperfections (such as causing someone to feel bad because we didn’t return their greeting(!)). After describing how this should be done with joy, with recognition that it is easier than ever to rectify these matters because the Jewish people, who are like one body, “are found in a state of an individual who is healthy in all of his limbs and organs, both spiritually and physically, and thus anything that is lacking is likened to a weakness or a minor illness in one limb which can be healed quickly and easily”.
Furthermore, when a person takes stock of himself and recognizes that he has flaws and failings which need to be rectified, “this is not a contradiction, G-d forbid, to the testimony of the Leader of the Generation that the work has already been completed and we are standing ready to receive Moshiach Tzidkeinu.” Yes, we need to search these things out, and upon identifying them to rectify them, but these things do not delay Moshiach’s coming.
Dependent Only on Moshiach Himself
“With absolute certainty all the ‘end times’ have passed, and [the Jewish people] have already done tshuva, and now the matter is not dependent upon anything other than Moshiach Tzidkeinu himself!“ (Italics in the original.) Towards the end of the sicha the Rebbe repeats: “…when we do a proper accounting at the end of the first week of the year 5752, “it will be a year with wonders in it”, we come to the conclusion that the matter is not dependent upon anything other than Moshiach Tzidkeinu himself (as stated above)…”
It might seem that the implication of these words is that we have done all that we can do, now we are waiting for Moshiach to decide when to reveal himself. However, this sicha was preceded a half a year earlier by the famous sicha of Chof-Ches Nissan, 5751, where the Rebbe told the Chassidim that he had done everything he could do, all that remains is to give it over to us to bring Moshiach. (Several days later a woman passed by the Rebbe for dollars, crying that we were counting on the Rebbe to bring Moshiach, to which the Rebbe answers “it must be done by Klal Yisroel, you included, and this person included, and that person included…”)
This means that we need another way to understand the expression “the matter is not dependent upon anything other than Moshiach Tzidkeinu himself” since the Rebbe clearly has put in the hands of the Jewish people to “do all that you can” to bring Moshiach in actuality. Crying out to Moshiach: “reveal yourself!” — this is not what the Rebbe has in mind. If so, if it is not enough to wait patiently, then what is implied by the matter being dependent upon Moshiach himself?
We can better understand this expression in light of the words of the Rebbe in the sicha of Chayeh Sara (three weeks after parshas Noach) where the Rebbe describes the chiddush, the change in the shlichus which is now the gateway for the rest of the efforts of shlichus, namely: “to accept Moshiach Tzidkeinu in the true and complete Geulah.” (Italics in original.) This sheds light on the expression in our sicha, “that the matter is not dependent upon anything other than Moshiach Tzidkeinu himself ” — not that we are waiting for Moshiach to do something, since we already know that we are the ones who have to do (“do all that you can“). The statement comes to tell us what it is that we need to do, that our efforts to bring Moshiach pertain to Moshiach himself: to accept this individual as Moshiach, to make him (personally my, and collectively our) King. Everything else has been done, the road has been paved to Moshiach. Now, it is the acceptance of his Kingship by the people which “flicks the switch” to the true and complete Geulah!
Yechi Adoneinu Moreinu v’Rabbeinu Melech Hamoshiach L’Olam Vo’ed!