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The Guardian. 22nd July 1985.


From Richard Yallop in Melbourne.

     One man was killed and 70 people were taken to hospital after a bomb exploded yesterday during a Jehovah's Witnesses service in a Kingdom Hall in the Sydney suburb of Lurnea.

     The explosion occurred close to the speaker's dais just as Mr David Winder, a visiting elder from the Sydney suburb of Prospect, had begun his address on loyalty to God and the family. Mr Winder, # aged 39, was blown through the roof # of the building, receiving multiple fractures and injuries.

     Police did not release the name of the dead man, who was sitting in the front row. He is believed to be a father of three. His wife was also injured in the blast, but their three children escaped unhurt.

     More than 100 people attended the service. The explosion destroyed half the building, and tore a hole in the aluminium roof.

     Thirteen of the 70 people taken to hospital were still there last night and the condition of two adults and one three-month-old baby was said to be serious. Some of the injured refused blood transfusion because of their religious beliefs.

     Police have no idea of the motive for the bombing, nor has any group claimed responsibility, but it is thought to have been caused by a former member of the congregation with a grudge.

       "In the coming days Jacob will take root, Israel will put forth blossoms and actually sprout; and they will simply fill the surface of the productive land with produce.

       As with the stroke of one striking him does one have to strike him? Or as with the slaughter of his killed ones does he have to be killed? With a scare cry you will contend with her when sending her forth. He must expel her with His blast, a hard one in the day of the east wind. Therefore by this means the error of Jacob will be atoned for, and this is all the fruit when He takes away his sin, when He makes all the stones of the altar like chalkstones that have been pulverised, so that the sacred poles and the incense stands will not rise up. For the fortified city will be solitary, the pasture ground will be left to itself and abandoned like a wilderness. There the calf will graze, and there it will lie down; and He will actually consume her boughs. When her sprigs have dried up, women coming in will break them off, lighting them up. For it is not a people of keen understanding. That is why its Maker will show it no mercy, and its own Former will show it no favour.

       And it must occur in that day that Jehovah will beat off the fruit, from the flowing stream of the River to the torrent valley of Egypt, and so you yourselves will be picked up # one after the other, O sons # of Israel. And it must occur in that day that there will be a blowing on a great horn, and those who are perishing in the land of Assyria and those who are dispersed in the land of Egypt will certainly come and bow down to Jehovah in the holy mountain in Jerusalem."  (Isaiah 27:6-13).

"...and so you yourselves will be picked up # one after the other, O sons". #

YOU SELF-EXALTED "SEERS" #  have prematurely digested and erroneously taught the "early fig"
of teachings from the Word of God before they were due to be revealed or fulfilled.  (28:4).