When looking at spiritual warfare from a Bridal perspective the picture is indeed most glorious for it is no less than contending for the birthright of a nation.
You see, God is very intentional when it comes to nations, seeing the end from the beginning, nations have always been central to His Eternal purpose conceiving the New Jerusalem as a multi-national expression of oneness which is only possible through a Bridal identity.
Listen to what the apostle John wrote when he saw the New Jerusalem coming down out of Heaven prepared like a Bride adorned for her husband.
“(22) But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. (23) The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb [is] its light. (24) And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honour into it. (25) Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). (26) And they shall bring the glory and the honour of the nations into it.” – Rev 21:22-26 NKJV
John describes how the glory and honour of the nations will be brought into the New Jerusalem. This naturally raises the question: what is the glory and honour of a nation? It is its birthright, its God-ordained destiny which He concealed when He brought the nation forth into being.
“(2) It is the glory of God to conceal a matter [H1697 a cause], But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.” – Pro 25:2 NKJV
Every nation has a glory concealed by God within it which one day will be brought into the New Jerusalem, the Bride beautifully adorned. But before then, Satan has always desired the birthright of the nations for himself gloating in their splendour and seducing the fallen hearts of men with notions of their glory. Wasn’t this temptation also offered to our Lord when the devil took Him to an exceedingly high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory? Indeed, and we also must heed the warning well, for the Bride will undergo the same temptations as her Beloved Bridegroom.
The temptation of kingdoms continues to lure hearts and minds with delusions of grandeur, but at what cost? We have witnessed the depravity of our fallen state far too long to know that there is only One who is worthy, only One who is able to reign in perfect righteousness and justice: the Prince of Peace, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And how will He receive His inheritance? Certainly not by bowing to Satan, oh no, a far more beautiful plan has been put into action.
For the Bride has been planted in the nations around the world and to her the commission entrusted to recover the stolen birthright of a nation and bring its glory back into the New Jerusalem as a love gift to Yeshua.