We’ve often correlated the 70 years from the founding if the nation of Israel in 5708 (1948 CE) to the year the tzaddkim have predicted for the Moshiach and geula (final redemption) in 5778 (2018 CE) and have explained why 1000 different ways in The Divine Calendar and our articles. But here we find in the Introduction to the Tikunei Zohar, Hebrew Hasulam #222, written by Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai nearly 1900 years ago a similar reference to the final 70 years:
“And this is the test that the Israelites will go through in the seventy years  of the last exile. Since a poor man is considered as dead and when his money or property is taken away from him, it is like they take is body and soul, as they are all at has the same weight.
Whatever that he likes should be let go for the love to his master. At that time he connects to the word love אהבה, which is Bereshit, בראשית, and it is like the world was created for him.”
Note, that Rabbi Shimon was writing this at the start of the last exile, which Rav Yedhua Halevi Ashlag determined to be 1948 years long, analogous to the birth date of Israel in 1948 CE and of Abraham in 1948 HC as explained in The Divine Calendar.
And before we reveal what else the Zohar has to say about the days of Mashiach and the geula, let’s note the section of the Tikunei Zohar that contained the secret of the 70 years was 222 as in 6000 – 222 = 5778.
In the Zohar portion of Naso, there is sub-portion dictated to Rabbi Shimon by the spirit of Moshe Rabbeinu (Ra’ya Meheimna). The first part of the discussion is about the Torah’s test of drinking the specially prepared waters to determine whether a woman is unfaithful, and how if she was she will die from the bitter water and if not, she will give birth to a boy because of the sweetened water, and it segues right into:
89. “In the same manner, Israel will be tested in the last redemption. This is what is meant by: ‘Many shall purify themselves, and make themselves white” (Daniel 12:10), who are from the good side and who pass the test. ‘But the wicked shall do wickedly’ (Ibid.), because they are from the Evil Side and by them, it will be fulfilled: “Neither shall they enter into the land of Israel’ (Yechezkel 13:9). And He kills them.”
So the exile is being presented to us as a test of faith. and in the very next section we are told that after the final redemption will be the tree-of-life reality (Binah) and that those that connect to the Zohar will be spared the final tests of faith because they understand (Binah = Understanding).
90. “‘But the wise shall understand’ (Daniel 12:10), since they are from the side of Binah, which is the Tree of Life. For them, it was said, ‘And they who are wise shine like the brightest of the firmament’ (Ibid.) with your composition, which is the book of the Zorah, from the light of the supernal; Ima repentance, They do not require a test and, because the children of Israel in the future will taste from the Tree of Life, which is the book of the Zohar, they will leave exile with mercy. It will hold true about them that ‘so Hashem did lead him, and there was no strange EL with him’ (Devarim 32:12)”
To be continued with the Zohar’s explanations of what specifically will happen at the end of days, at the end of the 70 years, when the final redemption hits…