The 3546-Year Exile
There is a famous Midrash that says that "unformed" refers to Bavel, "void" refers to Madai, "darkness" refers to Greece, and "the deep" refers to Edom. "The spirit of God hovered" refers to the Mashiah. According to this Midrash, this verse contains a brief history of our entire exile and Redemption.וְהָאָרֶץ, הָיְתָה תֹהוּ וָבֹהוּ, וְחֹשֶׁךְ, עַל-פְּנֵי תְהוֹם; וְרוּחַ אֱלֹהִים, מְרַחֶפֶת עַל-פְּנֵי הַמָּיִםNow the earth was unformed and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters.
It is noteworthy that the gematria of this verse is 3546. Why is this noteworthy?
Using Gezageza, I see that there are only 3 verses in all of Tana"ch with the gematria of 3546. The first is the verse we just mentioned - the second verse in the Torah, in which Hashem is already planning the end (see Yeshaya 46:10 מגיד מראשית אחרית).
The second verse is Bereishit 40:8:
The head-butler and head-baker were telling over their dreams to Yosef. This event is the precursor to the changeover of Yosef's personal exile to the exile of the entire Jewish people. The chronological date when this occurred was the year 2227 from Creation.וַיֹּאמְרוּ אֵלָיו--חֲלוֹם חָלַמְנוּ, וּפֹתֵר אֵין אֹתוֹ; וַיֹּאמֶר אֲלֵהֶם יוֹסֵף, הֲלוֹא לֵאלֹהִים פִּתְרֹנִים--סַפְּרוּ-נָא, לִיAnd they said unto him: 'We have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it.' And Joseph said unto them: 'Do not interpretations belong to God? tell it me, I pray you.'
The third verse with the gematria of 3546 is Tehillim 11:6:
And as the Yerushalmi on Pesahim 10:1 notes, this verse refers to the punishment that Hashem will inflict on the nations in the future.יַמְטֵר עַל-רְשָׁעִים, פַּחִים: אֵשׁ וְגָפְרִית, וְרוּחַ זִלְעָפוֹת--מְנָת כּוֹסָםUpon the wicked He will cause to rain coals; fire and brimstone and burning wind shall be the portion of their cup.
So, verse 1 tells you the entire history, verse 2 tells you what occurred at the start date, and verse 3 tells you what will occur at the end date.
When is the end date?
I don't know, but if you add 3546 to 2227, you get 5773.