Rabbi Shimon talks about the number of years until the redemption and the gathering in of the exiles, and we learn that there will be four redemptions. Explanation is made of the associated gematria and of the role of the four beasts of the chariot.
747. And the Holy Luminary said: "All the souls that came with Jacob...were 66" (Beresheet 46:26). Sixty is for the awakening of the first Messiah, and six is for the awakening of the second Messiah, and this leaves six years to go until the number 72, WHICH IS WHEN THE REDEMPTION WILL TAKE PLACE, NAMELY, ONE THOUSAND YEARS, WHICH IS THE WHOLE OF THE FIFTH MILLENIUM THAT IS DESTRUCTION THROUGHOUT, AND 272 YEARS INTO THE SIXTH MILLENIUM, to establish therein the verse: "Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard, and gather in its fruit" (Vayikra 25:3); NAMELY, TWICE SIX AFTER ONE MILLENIUM AND SIXTY YEARS IS THE TIME TO "GATHER IN ITS FRUIT" NAMELY, THE INGATHERING OF THE EXILES, FOR YISRAEL IS CALLED 'FRUIT', as it is said: "Yisrael is holy to Hashem, the firstfruits of His increase" (Yirmeyah 2:3).
748. HE ASKS: If it is so, THAT THE REDEMPTION IS TO BE IN THE 1272ND YEAR, what is the intent of the verse: "Sing (Heb. ronu = 256) with gladness for Jacob" (Yirmeyah 31:6), WHICH WOULD SEEM TO IMPLY THAT THE REDEMPTION WILL BE IN THE 1256TH YEAR? HE ANSWERS THAT there are to be four redemptions corresponding to the four cups of wine at Pesach, AND THEY ARE THE SECRET OF CHOCHMAH AND BINAH, TIFERET AND MALCHUT, since Yisrael are scattered into the four directions of the world, WHICH ARE THE SECRET OF CHOCHMAH AND BINAH, TIFERET AND MALCHUT, and those who are among the nations that are far away, will be REDEEMED early, in the one thousand 256th YEAR. The next group WILL BE REDEEMED in the 1260TH YEAR; the third GROUP in the 1266TH YEAR; and the fourth GROUP in the YEAR 1272ND YEAR.
749. And these redemptions will be with the four living creatures OF THE CHARIOT: LION, OX, EAGLE AND MAN, in the name of Yud Hei Vav Hei that rides on them, as it is written: "that You ride upon Your horses, Your chariots of salvation" (Chavakuk 3:8). In correspondence them will awaken below four standards and twelve tribes, in the secret OF THE THREE YUD HEI VAV HEI'S IN: 'Hashem reigns; Hashem reigned; Hashem will reign forever and ever'. There are here twelve letters, corresponding to the twelve tribes, and the twelve faces of the three patriarchs, NAMELY, THE THREE COLUMNS OF CHESED, GVURAH AND TIFERET, about whom it has been said: The patriarchs are the Chariot, FOR THE FOUR LIVING CREATURES ARE IN THE CHARIOT, THE FACE OF LION, OX, EAGLE, AND MAN. AND EACH HAS THE THREE COLUMNS CHESED, GVURAH AND TIFERET, MAKING TWELVE FACES. And these ten tribes ALLUDE to a thousand years, while the other two tribes ALLUDE to two hundred years, and from the twelve letters OF THE THREE YUD HEI VAV HEI'S are suspended the 72 Names. FOR THERE ARE TWELVE LETTERS IN EACH SFIRAH OF CHESED, GVURAH, TIFERET, NETZACH, HOD AND YESOD OF ZEIR ANPIN, AND TWELVE MULTIPLIED BY SIX ARE 72. And these 72 are the years after one thousand and two hundred years. AND FROM THIS IS THE ALLUSION THAT THE REDEMPTION WILL COME AFTER 1272 YEARS, AS ABOVE. AND IT SHOULD BE UNDERSTOOD THAT ALL THE APOCALYPTIC DATES MENTIONED IN THE ZOHAR IMPLY THAT THAT IS A FAVORABLE TIME FOR YISRAEL TO REPENT, AND THAT THEIR REDEMPTION IS DEPENDENT ON THEIR REPENTANCE.
750. And they, THE 72 NAMES, allot 24 to each of the three holy living creatures CHESED, GVURAH, TIFERET, WHICH IS TO SAY AS FOLLOWS: IF ONE DIVIDES THE 72 NAMES BETWEEN THE SIX SFIROT CHESED, GVURAH, TIFERET, NETZACH, HOD AND YESOD, THERE WILL BE TWELVE IN EACH SFIRAH, AS ABOVE; BUT IF ONE DIVIDES THE 72 BETWEEN THE THREE SFIROT CHESED, GVURAH AND TIFERET ONLY, THERE WILL BE 24 IN EACH SFIRAH, FOR 3 X 24 = 72. And the secret of 24 is: "And one called to the other and said" (Yeshayah 6:3), they being three groups OF ANGELS, EACH CONSISTING of 24 forms, where the first group says "Holy," and the second group says "holy," and the third group says "holy." AND ALL OF THIS IS IN THE ILLUMINATION OF THE 72 NAMES, FOR THE THREE GROUPS TOGETHER COME TO 72. The left immediately awakens with 42 letters, NAMELY, THE 42-LETTER NAME, that executes judgment on Amalek.