Readings from Introduction to Perek Helek and the Igeret Teiman.
Maimonides (RaMBaM) held to a certain point of view about messianism that has come to be called the rationalist school.
Unlike the centuries of messianic legends that proceeded him, RaMBaM makes absolutely no mention of the famous/popular beliefs in Mashiah ben Yosef, Armilus or any of the other concepts that developed out of the old apocalyptic schools.
RaMBaM is emphatic and clear to condemn those who seek to interpret the symbolic talk of the Sages in a literal fashion. He says those misinterpretations discredit the Torah.
The time of Mashiah, according to RaMBaM will follow the natural order of things, as outlined by a singular opinion in the Talmud (and hotly debated by other commentaries).
A quick review of the twelfth principle of the Jewish faith, the belief in the coming of Mashiah.
Igeret Teiman, RaMBaM's comments about predicting the time of Mashiah's coming, and what his character will be like, once he does come.