How do I know that someone is Moshiach? Will I just know? Are there requirements? If someone tells me that he is the Moshiach, is he to be believed. It would seem seem strange to say so.
Related (about Eliyahu as harbinger): judaism.stackexchange.com/q/59523/472– Monica CellioJul 20, 2015 at 17:38
Here are the Rambam's instructions on how to recognize Moshiach: Melachim U'Milchamotahem 11
A Jewish King from the House of David who learns and observes the Torah (written and oral) and assures that Israel does as well can be presumed to be Moshiach.
If he does so and rebuilds the Beis HaMikdosh and gathers in the exiles he certainly is Moshiach.
2Or, in Hebrew: mechon-mamre.org/i/e511n.htm– msh210 ♦Oct 10, 2011 at 21:12
1Specifically halacha 4 gives pretty clear guidelines. According to it the answer to your last question is most likely 'no', unless you converse with overwhelmingly successful kings of Israel.– WAFOct 11, 2011 at 0:04
3the hebrew is important, since it contains a phrase somehow omitted in the translation, וְנִצַּח כָּל הָאֻמּוֹת שֶׁסְּבִיבָיו Oct 12, 2011 at 15:16
I think you have things out of order... In fact, R. Kook says specifically, that 'the moshiach' only comes after the exiles have been gathered, based on the Rambam.– aviDec 29, 2011 at 8:09
2@joshwaxman The phrase may be omitted in the translation, because it is omitted in the printed editions. The more interesting question to me is why the answerer doesn't mention "and fight(s) the wars of God"( Chabad's interpretation notwithstanding) which is both in the printed editions and in the translation. May 5, 2013 at 8:41