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“I Will Return”

Genesis 3:15

And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.”

A monument located in Palo, Leyte, Philippines commemorates the landing of Gen. Douglas MacArthur on the beaches of Leyte in October 1944. The Japanese army had invaded the Philippines in 1941. Gen. MacArthur was unsuccessful in overcoming their army and finally he retreated to the Bataan peninsula. Japanese assaults forced him back farther and finally with the promise “I shall return,” he retreated to Australia. While there he accumulated men and material. Finally in late 1942 he began his attack using his famous island hopping tactic. This involved amphibious landings on vulnerable islands avoiding frontal assaults. By the early part of 1944 his soldiers were victorious in most of New Guinea, New Britain, the Solomons and the Admiralty Islands. On October3 20, 1944 he invaded Leyte Island fulfilling the promise he made to return when he left in retreat. Within six months the Philippines were liberated.

A greater promise of deliverance was given in Genesis 3:15. This promise was repeated in various forms through the years and was finally fulfilled when God stepped into the body of a human infant being born in a stable in Bethlehem. In this manner God established a beachhead on earth to bring deliverance to sin enslaved mankind.

Dr. Gayle Woods

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