Yes, the Geula is coming closer. We must observe what Hashem is doing in the world. In
Israel, we have the constant threat of Iran. Now, the USA is being threatened with Irene. "Irene" and "Iran" are spelled with the same letters in Hebrew - aleph, yud, resh, nun. If you scrabble those letters, you get nun-yud-resh-aleph, which means we must fear.
Yes, we must all fear - that's a law inherent in creation. But if you opt to fear One, then you need not fear anyone else. Emuna and yirat shamayim - true awe of Hashem - are the key words to keep us safe wherever we are, whether on the Mid-Atlantic Coast or on the Eastern Mediterranean Coast.