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Whence He Comes
The Old English word "whence" means "from what place." The King James Version translators used the word in reference to the coming of the Christ:
"7:27 Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is." (John 7:27 KJV)
The "no man knoweth whence he is" means "no one knows from where he comes." Modern-English translations are usually more clear (to today's readers) of what was actually said e.g.
"7:27 Yet we know where this man comes from; and when the Christ appears, no one will know where he comes from." (John 7:27 RSV)
"No one will know where he comes from"?
It seems like an incredible statement by those who knew that they were awaiting the Christ - and yet they said "no one will know where he comes from." Their own Hebrew Scriptures (what many call the "Old Testament" - see The Older Testament) were (and still are to those who still can't "see") are filled with prophecies of the Messiah's coming. Some examples:
Bethlehem, the prophecy and the fulfillment:
"5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." (Micah 5:2 KJV)
Egypt, the prophecy and the fulfillment:
"11:1 When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt." (Hosea 11:1 KJV)
Galilee, the prophecy and the fulfillment:
"9:1 Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations." (Isaiah 9:1 KJV)
Fact Finder: Why were so many of the people of Judah unable to make the connection between their awareness that a Messiah was coming and from where He would come?