Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother. . .”

-Vayishlach 32:4

The Torah relates, in great detail, how these messengers were sent to appease Esau. Chassidic texts explain that at that time Jacob was ready for the ultimate Messianic redemption: he had learned a great deal of Torah and served the Almighty with all his heart. He had observed the 613 mitzvot to the fullest, in spite of all the difficulties and obstacles thrown his way when he stayed in the household of Laban, in Haran. On his part, therefore, he was ready and prepared for the true and final redemption.

Jacob’s messengers were to check out the spiritual status of his brother Esau, to see whether he, too, was ready for the redemption. But they returned with a negative response: “We came to your brother, to Esau...” (Vayishlach 32:6, and see Rashi there); i.e., the one whom you called “my brother,” he is still “Esau, the wicked.” He has not yet repented of his evil ways and deeds.

Esau was not yet ready at that time, thus delaying the redemption. Nowadays, however, after all these many years of observance of Torah and mitzvot in the face of the terrible harshness of the galut (exile), everything is surely ready for the redemption. Not only the Jewish people, but also the nations of the world as represented by Esau, are ready and prepared for that blissful event.