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Believers lose another giant in the faith: Israel intercessor Eliyahu Ben-Haim

Kehila News, Kehila News Israel Staff, June 24, 2019

The Body of Messiah in Israel suffered another devastating blow after Eliyahu Ben-Haim died on Saturday night.

Chairman of Intercessors for Israel, Ben-Haim is the second Messianic leader to die in the last week. Eddie Santoro, a pastor and mentor, passed away on June 15 after a long battle with cancer.

Ben-Haim was on a speaking tour in Europe when he contracted a flesh-eating bacteria that attacked his leg. He was rushed to a Scottish hospital where doctors amputated his leg in hopes that it was enough to save him. He remained in ICU for several days before he died on June 22.

Originally from the United States, Ben-Haim made aliyah and has long been considered a leading teacher on Israel relating to both Scripture and current events. His international ministry focused on teaching believers how to pray for the nation.

Ben-Haim’s passion to inform was evident in his newsletters and his teachings. His newsletter, the Sound of the Shofar, recast the news events in Israel and how they related to Scripture. Always included were prayer points to help readers pray for the situation accompanied by several Scriptures that supported each prayer point.

One recurring theme in recent years that Eliyahu noted was Iran’s nuclear ambitions, which he called “an existential threat to Israel.”

“We live in critical times and God is calling us to be a radical people who understand the prophetic imperative and also the practical outworking of His Word,” he wrote.

Ben-Haim unapologetically defended Israel. He also took tours of intercessors and prayer teams to strategic sites in the land to pray and prepare the way for the Lord’s return.

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