Herod’s Worm of Pride
“And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a God, and not of a man. And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory; and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost” – (Acts -23). “And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies” – (Rev.13:5).
King Herod was a pompous and proud politician. He was also a dynamic public speaker, a great orator like some of our politicians today. He is a type of the Antichrist-Beast who will be the greatest political orator of all and commits the greatest blasphemy of all, he will claim to be God and be worshipped by the people as God – “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped: so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God” – (2 Thes.2:4). He will be the Caesar, with emperor worship, not a little King Herod.
Jesus said – “And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased…” –
(Matt.23:12). And God used the lowly, little worm as God’s judgment upon a
self-exalting king who was receiving adoration as a God; the worm was God’s
instrument of Herod’s destruction visible to all. He was rotten-hearted and so
he was eaten of worms like a rotten thing. The body in the grave is destroyed
by worms. But his body was worm eaten before the grave, as a warning to all men
not to worship political leaders with seducing voices, not to make them a god.
See the weak and contemptible creatures, the lowly, little worm, eating up the
proud king. The worm is a small serpent and points directly to Satan.
Herod is also a warning to all proud men who will not humble themselves and repent of their sins and receive Christ as Savior. All the proud, unsaved will be eaten of worms, both in the first death and second death in the lake of fire – “ …The worm shall feed sweetly upon him…” - (Job.24:20). Again – “They shall lie down alike in the dust and the worms shall cover them” – (Job.24:26). Man is nothing but a worm in the sight of an Almighty God – “How much less man, that is a worm…” – (Job.25:6). We need to be saved by Christ so we can conquer the worm of flesh and death and receive eternal life. Jesus said three times – “Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched, into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched” – (Mk.9:43-48). It is “their” worm, their own worm that shall feed on them in hell forever because they rejected the grace and mercy of God in His dear Son.
What vile bodies we have, that we carry about within us the worms of our own destruction. Microscopes show the multitude of worms in the human body. This is an excellent reason not to be proud in our bodies and not to pamper our bodies, because that is but feeding the worms, and feeding them for the worms. I’m trying to humble you and show you what weak and frail and corruptible creatures we as humans are. And to show the vanity and vain glory of proud man who shows himself as God and who worships a man as God. Humble worms in hell will show proud sinners their pride forever. I’m using worms to catch some fish because Jesus made me a fisher of men – amen.
And God is warning us especially about attending political rallies and listening to politicians and their great moving words and people fainting and the politician is being called Christ or the Messiah and in truth is an Antichrist. Keep away from the places where great oratory and seductive words can hypnotize you and deceive you and be influenced by evil, seducing spirits. Stay way from the Obama’s of this world. Take heed to God’s warning of King Herod and his worms of pride. Beware of words sung by rockstars also. Don’t be proud O man, for you will soon die and go into the ground like a worm and be eaten of worms.
We read of the worm of pride with
Lucifer – “… Art thou also become
weak as we? Art thou become like unto us? Thy pomp is brought down to the
grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms
cover thee. How are thou fallen from
heaven O Lucifer…” - (Is.14:10-12). And we are told of Lucifer’s pride and
the first sin in the universe, the sin of wanting to be God – “I will be like the most high” –
(vs.14). And Satan will be the power behind his Antichrist who will use great
oratory and be worshipped as God and be filled with the same satanic pride.
Satan will use not just use ‘spoken’ words but ‘singing’ words also, sung by
the worldly singing stars and rock stars and their loud instruments – (noisy
viols- Amen). Watch for a political star who will be worshipped like a rock
idol. He will worm his way into being
President of the
Can you not see Satan, the prince of this world, behind King Herod’s pride in wanting to be God? Can you not see Herod’s pomp brought down to the grave and the worms covering him, as it is written of Lucifer? The angel struck him dead just at the time when he was strutting at the applauses of the people and adoring his own shadow. Thus the King of Tyrus is shown in his pride - “Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God: wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? But thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee” – (Ezk.28,2,9). Can you not see King Herod and King Antichrist here? And God slew proud Herod, and he was eaten of worms to show the foolishness of a man claiming to be God.
The Pope also claims to be God and usurps God’s title of “Holy Father” – (Jn.17:11) and is the
emperor of one billion Catholics and the nation of the
Surely you can see the worm of pride here in this gathering of kings and princes of the church trying to keep people in their sins and pride by having religion of works so you can boast in your pride and work your way to heaven. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God; Not of works, lest any man should boast” – (Eph.2:8,9). Martin Luther preached that a man is justified by faith, not of works. The battle at the Diet of Worms was over the worm of pride, and don’t you ever forget it. But God’s man stood fast, standing firm on God’s Word in the face of possible death and went on fishing for souls with his worms – amen. Remember O proud man, if you won’t be saved by God’s grace in His beloved Son, that your body and soul in hell will one day be the ‘diet of worms’. Martin Luther said – that he stood on God’s Word and not the word of men – ‘sola scriptura’ – the scriptures only.
Millions will soon believe the words of the Beast and his great orations, great deceiving words that flow from a blasphemous mouth that claims to be God. And the people that hear his orations will say once again – “It is the voice of a God, and not of a man.”
The first part of (Ps.22:1) was quoted by Jesus as He hung on the cross, shedding His precious blood for the sins of human worms and (verse 6) says of Christ – “But I am a worm, and no man, a reproach of men, and despised of the people.” The eternal Son of God condescended to become a man, becomes a worm and no man. If He had not humbled himself and became a worm, He would not have been trampled upon and crucified on the cross as they laughed Him to scorn and ridiculed Him. He became an object of loathing and contempt. The Lord Jesus, having undertaken to satisfy for the dishonor man had done to God by our sins, did it by submitting to the lowest, most humble position of all – He was a worm. “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name” – (Philip.2:5-9). Christ was a reproach of men and despised by the people, like a worm.
Christ on the cross submitted Himself to the lowest, most humble position of all – He became a worm. He died to redeem all of us worms of pride. And because He humbled to the lowest, God hath exalted Him to the highest – the right hand of God. Humble yourself at the foot of the cross and be saved and God will exalt you and make you a king and a priest forever after you conquer death and are given an eternal body that will never be corrupted by worms. He will exalt you over death, and the worm, both the first death of the body and the second death in the lake of fire.
Repent of your sin and believe on Christ in your heart by faith and you will become a new born again creature in Christ.
At the Cross
Alas, and did my Savior bleed? And did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head for such a worm as I?
At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light, and the
burden of my heart rolled away, it was there by faith
I received my sight, and now I am happy all the day!
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” – (Rom.6:23).
Pastor Mike Storti
5000 N. LaCholla-
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