Rav Shteinman Shlit"a on Our Times
At the end of his regular Motza'ei Shabbat Shiur, Rav Shteinman Shlit"a said:
We find ourselves in the birth-pangs of Mashiah. And just like during the birth-pangs of labor, the closer it gets to the birth, the contractions are harder, similarly with the birth-pangs of Mashiah - the closer we get to Mashiah, the decrees become harsher and more numerous.In conclusion, he wished that:
HKB"H should help that we should already reach the Geula. Let the year conclude along with all its curses - that Hashem should help that that which the Rasha Lapid Yimah Shemo [the evil Lapid - may his name be blotted out] plans to do should not come to fruition.