When Jacob met Pharaoh in Egypt, the king asked: “How many are the days of your life?” And Jacob said to Pharaoh: “The days of the years of my wanderings are one hundred and thirty years; the days of the years of my life were few and bad...”

-Vayigash 47:8-9

How could Jacob say that “one hundred and thirty years” are but few when the average life span after the generation of the flood was one hundred and twenty years?

Jacob was the third of the patriarchs and thus most intimately bound up with the third and eternal Beit Hamikdash (Holy Temple) to be built by Moshiach. All his life he yearned for the everlasting peace and tranquility of the Messianic era. Thus, as long as the Messianic redemption did not happen, he regarded the years of his life as qualitatively few. His years were few and meager because they did not contain that which is most important of all, namely the ultimate and complete redemption.