In our study of Amos chapter five, we will look at the principle of the tithe and its relation to the remnant that is the followers of God. We will see how God has always preserved a portion of people that are truly His and how He will do so again on the Day of the Lord.
"Hear this word, Israel, this lament I take up concerning you: 'Fallen is Virgin Israel, never to rise again, deserted in her own land, with no one to lift her up.'" NIV translation
Amos delivers a kind of funeral song for Israel as he mourns over them as if the judgment has already happened. "Fallen is Virgin Israel" refers to the fact that they had turned to idolatry. This blessed people had turned away from God and so there was nobody capable of restoring them. Just as a woman who has been with a man cannot become "pure" again, when people know the truth about God and choose to not believe, there is nothing left that can be done. In our world today, it seems like many want to say that we can all get to heaven and we are just taking different paths. This is the modern form of idolatry but only those that hold fast to Jesus Christ are that small portion that will be saved.
"This is what the Sovereign Lord says to Israel: 'Your city that marches out a thousand strong will have only a hundred left; your town that marches out a hundred strong will have only ten left.'" NIV translation
Now we are introduced to the remnant tithe. God tells the people that only one tenth of the people that are going to be led out as captives will survive. Throughout the Bible, God has always had a small portion of people that He claimed as His own and protected. It began with the Passover in Egypt when He preserved and claimed the first born sons as His own. As of January 2015, there are approximately 7.28 billion people on the earth and there are about 2.18 billion people that claim to be Christians. This demonstrates the principle of the tithe and also the principle of the wide and narrow gates as Jesus said in Matthew 7:13 & 14. This is further demonstrated in the last days with the 144,000 witnesses described in Revelation 7.