No matter where you live in this world as long as you are advancing the Kingdom of God you will be opposed. So, if you want it easy, be religious, keep your faith to yourself, have a shallow relationship with God, don't apply truth, and remain deceived. Sadly, the church in America overall faces minimal opposition, not because of our freedom to worship but rather we have compromised and chosen lukewarm, complacent, institutional Christianity.
Paul was now before the Sanhedrin, and it was an uproar. Paul wisely knowing the division between the two parties of the Sadducees and Pharisees, set them up to fight amongst themselves rather than be united against him. He reminded them that he was a Pharisee and that he was on trial regarding the resurrection of the dead. Since that was the dividing issue between these two religious sects they started arguing and now the Pharisees turned from being against Paul to now speaking favorably of him.
The enemies of God have a difficult time being united because they are selfish and egocentric, so it is easy to say something that will turn them against each other which gives time to come up with a strategy to escape a difficult situation.
The Roman commander took Paul before they tore him apart and placed him in the barracks. In verse eleven it says at night the Lord stood by Paul and said, "have courage! For as you have testified about Me in Jerusalem, so you also must testify in Rome."
40 Jews went on a hunger strike conspiring to kill Paul. A nephew of Paul found out and reported it and so Paul was taken at night armed with 200 soldiers to speak before the governor Felix, in which he was now placed in a safe place until his accusers could come and speak against him in the set boundaries of a trial.
Take courage if you are in God's will you are in the safest place you can be. No matter how many are against you God will deliver you. If He has revealed His will and you are set on fulfilling it, nothing can stop you. Every test is for the purpose of being able to testify. When you need support He will show up, Himself and speak life to help you remain focused on your divine purpose.