How Long is This Galut?
If I knew the answer to that question, I certainly wouldn't tell you. However, let's take a look at a gematria I found. I know, I know, לבא לפומא לא גליא, but I still don't consider it an exercise in futility. You never know...
In Parshat Miketz, the verse says:
וַיֹּאמֶר--הִנֵּה שָׁמַעְתִּי, כִּי יֶשׁ-שֶׁבֶר בְּמִצְרָיִם; רְדוּ-שָׁמָּה וְשִׁבְרוּ-לָנוּ מִשָּׁם, וְנִחְיֶה וְלֹא נָמוּת
We know that the 210 years that the Israelites spent in Egypt are alluded to by the word רדו, with its gematria being 210.
OK, but let's take the gematria of the remainder of the verse:
שמה ושברו לנו משם ונחיה ולא נמות
שמה = 345
ושברו = 514
לנו = 86
משם = 380
ונחיה = 79
ולא = 37
נמות = 496
345 + 514 + 86 + 380 + 79 + 37 + 496 = 1937
Assuming the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash was in the year 68 CE, 1937 years later would have been the year 2005 CE or 5765.
Oh well, so much for that.
But wait! If we use the כוללים of these words, we can add 7, which would bring us to 2012 CE or 5772.
One may ask how we can use כוללים if we didn't use it for the gematria of רדו to make 211.
One answer that I can possibly give is that the Exodus was בחפזון - in haste - so Hashem couldn't wait for the כולל, whereas the future redemption will not be in haste, as it says: כִּי לֹא בְחִפָּזוֹן תֵּצֵאוּ "For ye shall not go out in haste". This would mean, according to this gematria, that any time between now and 5772 is the appointed time.
(Disclaimer: I certainly don't believe and nor should anyone believe that 5772 is a final deadline that one should give up if he doesn't come by then. חס ושלום! This is merely one scenario that I came up with. Many other scenarios could exist.)
May we merit Mashiah's arrival today!