Amo 7:10 Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, Amos hath conspired against thee in the midst of the house of Israel: the land is not able to bear all his words.
Amo 7:11 For thus Amos saith, Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel shall surely be led away captive out of their own land.
Amaziah informs against Amos (Amo_7:10, Amo_7:11) and does what he can to rid the country of him as a public nuisance.
For, when the contest is between God and man, it is easy to foresee, it is very easy to foretel, who will come off with the worst of it.
Truly, a prophet is without honor in his own town. The True Christian that speaks the word to a place and one who turns upside down the world is never wanted by the masses of civilization. Jesus was asked to leave when he casted out the demons Legion from the man into the pigs, Paul was told to leave many places because he was a nuisance, a trouble maker, making waves to a city that was comfortable in their sin. This is our job, it is the job of the Holy Spirit, to make one in sin uncomfortable and a saint that needs to make something right or repent.
Peter and John were brought into the Jewish counsel and commanded not to preach, teach or even speak of Jesus anymore, we read they did the opposite, and this later started the persecution. For all who choose to live godly will face persecution.
Persecution is always a sign that you’re on the right track and in the will of the lord. Are you being slandered, reproached, hassled, happy are you and full of joy, for they stoned and killed the prophets of old as well as our lord.
Amo 7:12 Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O thou seer, go, flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there:
This is what the world would have, for the remnant voice to just leave and do your ministry somewhere else, anywhere, just not where you are. If persecuted flee to another city, Jesus said. Many times, we are told not to flee, but speak on, be bold, battle on. Paul was stoned to his death; after he was raised, he got up and walked right back into the city they dragged him from. This is a faith and obedience thing, it takes faith to endure, faith to speak and boldness not to fear man.
If everyone likes you and thinks you’re the greatest, you may need to examine your heart. They hated Jesus; they hate the remnant, fact. The size of a Church or an internet following with thousands, millions of reads, does not mean your all right, it could be, but it is mostly because people want what these mega churches and mega sites have to offer, anything but truth, love and peace, happiness, your great, everything is fine, on and on.
It is never popular to go against the tide, I know, in my early ministry I was lit. in some churches bodily casted out the door on to the hard concrete I kid you not.
What about family? most of us are the black sheep, and later the redeemed ones in white robes, we are not wanted, not welcomed, because the lords word is burning in our hearts, the change the lord has made in us can be so dramatic a change from what we were, old friends and family can not handle it, they want the old you back, to bad, the new you is on its way to heaven, they want you to sin and partake with them in sin as you once did, now, your invitations hardly come, you’re looked at as one who is brainwashed and in a cult, and all because you are saved, born-again and love the lord with your whole heart.
Dear reader let this not trouble you, let it roll off you like rain, it matters not what man thinks, it matters what the lord thinks.
You spend hours agonizing in prayer for your family and friends to get saved, they do not know it, if they knew you were so concerned about where they were headed, hell, would they say thank-you? No just move along now, your presence and your words convict me, just crack open another cold one and let me be.
Do not be discouraged when you are rejected, laughed at, looked down on, we are like Jesus, they did the same to our master, they do the same to his disciples, its just the way it is, we must find a peaceful state of being in this, accept it and stay the course. I encourage you ones that are dealing with this, stand strong, stand on the word, trust in the lord, soon it will all be over, and you will have sweet fellowship for all eternity, it is worth this light and momentary affliction, it can not even be held in the balance of life, because it is life eternal, soon this temporary life will be over and what a promotion to glory that will be, if you stay the course.