The month of March comes from the Old French word ‘marz’ which traces back to the Latin ‘Martius’ meaning the month of Mars. Mars was the ‘god’ of war. The verb ‘march’ means to walk in stride, as in soldiers of war, tracing back to the Latin word ‘marcus’ which means a hammer. This is related to the Hebrew word פעם ‘pa`am’ speaking of repetition, as in the sound of a marching troop.
As mentioned in a previous tidbit on the sun & time, this word is associated with the human heartbeat, linking man with time.
War began in the beginning, when man reached out his hand and partook of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The word ‘Martis’ (March) is related to the Latin word ‘mas’ which means a male. Here is another connection between man and war, which began in the beginning.
The number 5 is linked to warfare. The word for five in Hebrew is חמש ‘chamesh’ which means the hand, or arming for battle.
The word for army, commonly translated as hosts, in Hebrew is צבא ‘tseva’ which connects to stars. The stars are described as hosts and are a picture of Israel, God’s army/host. The adversary seeks to counterfeit this with his own army and his own star which is pictured by the hexagram and pentagram.
Further displaying this concept of war and the truth of Messiah versus the counterfeit of Satan is seen in that the word Christ is used 555 times in the King James Bible. Satan is used 55 times and devils 55 times.
The beast is equivalent to the dragon Leviathan (Genesis 1:21 – תנין ‘tanniyn’).
Eze 29:3 Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon (תנין ‘tanniyn’) that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.
Eze 32:2 Son of man, lift up a lament over Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and say to him, You were like a young lion of the nations, and you were like the monster (תנין ‘tanniyn’) in the seas. And you burst forth in your rivers and stirred up the waters with your feet and fouled their rivers.
Messiah comes to destroy this beast
Isa 27:1 In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.
Our war is against this beast kingdom
Eph 6:10 For the rest, my brothers, be made powerful in the Lord and in the might of His strength.
Eph 6:11 Put on all the armor of God, for you to be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil,
Eph 6:12 because wrestling against flesh and blood is not to us, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world’s rulers, of the darkness of this age, against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenlies.
Eph 6:13 Because of this, take up all of the armor of God that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having worked out all things, to stand.
Eph 6:14 Then stand firm, “having girded your loins about with truth” and having put “on the breastplate of righteousness,” Isa. 11:5; 59:17
Eph 6:15 and having shod the feet with the preparation of the “gospel of peace.” Isa. 52:7
Eph 6:16 Above all, taking up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the darts of the evil one being kindled.
Eph 6:17 Also, take “the helmet of salvation,” and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God; Isa. 59:17 LXX-Isa. 11:4; MT-Isa. 49:2; LXX and MT-Hos. 6:5
Eph 6:18 through all prayer and petition, praying at all times in the Spirit, and watching to this same thing with all perseverance and petition concerning all the saints.
2Co 10:4 for the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but powerful to God to the demolishion of strongholds,
2Co 10:5 the demolishing of arguments and every high thing lifting up itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought into the obedience of Christ,
2Co 10:6 and having readiness to avenge all disobedience, whenever your obedience is fulfilled.
Warfare & bread
Gen 3:19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until your return to the ground. For you have been taken out of it; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.
Bread is linked to warfare
Isa 40:2 Speak lovingly to the heart of Jerusalem; yea, cry to her that her warfare is done, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she has taken from the hand of Jehovah double for all her sins.
He gives us the bread that comes without toil
Rev 2:17 The one who has an ear, hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies. To the one overcoming, I will give him to eat from the hidden manna. And I will give to him a white stone, and on the stone a new name having been written, which no one knows except the one receiving it.
Joh 6:48 I am the Bread of life.
Joh 6:49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness and died.
Joh 6:50 This is the Bread coming down out of Heaven, that anyone may eat of it and not die.
Joh 6:51 I am the Living Bread that came down from Heaven. If anyone eats of this Bread, he will live forever. And indeed the bread which I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
The battle between His people and the dragon (תנין ‘tanniyn’) is illustrated in the book of Jonah. Jonah overcame the great fish through the resurrection after 3 days.
Jon 1:17 And Jehovah had appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
The belly of the great fish is likened unto hell
Jon 2:1 And Jonah prayed to Jehovah his God out of the belly of the fish.
Jon 2:2 And he said, I cried out to Jehovah from my distress. And He answered me. Out of the belly of Sheol I cried for help, and You heard my voice.
Jonah was a picture of Messiah (Matthew 12:39), and also His body.
Heb 2:14 Since, then, the children have partaken of flesh and blood, in like manner He Himself also shared the same things, that through death He might cause to cease the one having the power of death, that is, the devil;
Hos 6:1 Come and let us return to Jehovah. For He has torn, and He will heal us. He has stricken, and He will bind us up.
Hos 6:2 After two days He will bring us to life. In the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live before Him.
March is the 3rd month on the Gregorian calendar, reminding us of this war and the victory in Messiah.
The month of March further links to the redemption and end of warfare through Christ in the saying “in like a lion, out like a lamb” in reference to March. This ‘idiom’ comes from a book called Gnomologia by a man named Thomas Fuller. It comes from the concept of March usually being cold and dark, but by the end of the month begins to warm up and get lighter. This is due to the coming of Spring and the renewal of life from the darkness of Winter.
Interestingly Winter, as seen in a previous tidbit, is a picture of the death of Messiah. Spring is a picture of His resurrection. This connection to His death and resurrection seen in the lion and lamb is seen in the book of Revelation.
Rev 5:1 And I saw on the right of the One sitting on the throne a scroll having been written within and on the back, having been sealed with seven seals.
Rev 5:2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a great voice: Who is worthy to open the scroll, and to loosen its seals?
Rev 5:3 And no one in Heaven was able to open the scroll nor to see it, neither on the earth, nor underneath the earth.
Rev 5:4 And I wept much, because no one worthy was found to open and to read the scroll, nor to see it.
Rev 5:5 And one of the elders said to me, Do not weep. Behold, the Lion being of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, overcame so as to open the scroll, and to loose its seven seals.
Rev 5:6 And I saw, and behold, in the midst of the throne, and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, was a Lamb standing, as having been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, having been sent out into all the earth.
Rev 5:7 And He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him sitting on the throne.
Rev 5:8 And when He took the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one having harps, and golden bowls full of incenses, which are the prayers of the saints.
Rev 5:9 And they sing a new song, saying, Worthy are You to receive the scroll, and to open its seals, because You were slain, and by Your blood purchased us to God out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
Rev 5:10 and made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign over the earth.