Herod Agrippa, is made “King of the Jews”
Herod Agrippa ( 11 B.C. to A.D. 44) was the grandson of Herod the Great and son of Aristobulus IV and Berenice. In A.D. 41 the Emperor Claudius made Herod Agrippa the King of Judea, Galilee, Batanaea and Perea, and he ruled from A.D. 41 until his gruesome death in A.D. 44.
This Herod is the “King Herod” mentioned in the 12 chapter of the book of Acts. He was sympathetic to the Jewish cause, and in A.D. 44, in response to his pro-Jewish politics he began to aggressively persecute the Christians in Judea.
The Herodian Persecution was the first recorded instance of the Roman government persecuting Christians, solely because they were Christians. He martyred James the Brother of John, and arrested and jailed Simon Peter, who was let out of jail by an angel. This Herod was condemned by an angel of the Lord, because he did not give God the glory. He was eaten by worms and expired.