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Was This A Demon

"And he said unto her, What form is he of? And she said, An old man cometh up, and he is covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel" 1st Samuel 28:14--- what was this? Was it really Samuel? Or was it a demon impersonating Samuel?

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Had it been the true Samnel he would have told Saul to repent and make his peace with God. Satan comes in disquise, in the disquise of Samuel's mantle. Saul makes his complaint to this counterfeit Samuel, mistaking him for the true. Satan represents his case as helpless and hopeless, serving him as he did Judas, persuading him first to sell his Master and then to hang himself. Also, The Devil knows how to speak with an air of religion. Satan can imitate language of true apostles. He can teach it too.
---catherine on 9/27/07

I simply cannot believe some of the answers on this one. UGG. But I read them, still don't believe them. I do not believe I will doing much of that either. Have a pleasant night folks.+++
---catherine on 9/27/07

Saul went to a witch - so he got what a witch has power to give. Satan.
---Andrea on 9/27/07

Since the woman was a fortune teller, I would guess that this was a familiar spirit and not of God. He does not inhabit the work of the devil.
---splaa6685 on 9/27/07

ExcusemeJust because Samuel was dead and only Jesus rose people from the dead doesnt mean that the witch was using a demon to impersonate SamuelSameul asks Saul why have you awakened me? It was SamuelNo one went to heaven until after JesusThey were in a great gulf.Thats where Jesus went when he was gone for 3 days after the cross.He took the keys of deathhelland the grave from satan.Oh and see Satan had the keys to the grave therefore, God forgive me if I'm wrong, he had the power to resurect peopleThanks
---Frank_Hardy on 9/27/07

Satan often disguises himself as a family spirit, and also as some angel of light. There's only one person we are suppose to be calling on, and that is the Everliving Lord Jesus Christ. Children shouldn't play with dead things, if you mess with dirt you will dirty your soul.
---Eloy on 9/20/07

It's sick how people pick and choose what part to believe or What interpitation they will apply to the inspired word of God. Be careful what you disreguard when it comes to Gods words...
---Duane_Martin on 9/19/07

i do not believe that this was really samuel because god talks about us being aware of fimular spirit,and also saul had lost favor with god so why would he then raise samuel to say anything to saul, even speaking his on death, i think this scripture is just mis led by peoples who wont to pratice such
---mae_osborn on 9/19/07

A demon would have told Saul what he wanted to hear yes but would not have the power to take his life. A man of God however would deliver what God wants him to hear and if that be death for disobeying what he said not to do then only a Holy man of God could be honoured and do that. I wouldn't be congering anything up that would compromise my life. Holding on to the Holy Spirit is hard enough and thats Good. What says evil, easy enough to do! but (bad) consequences.
---Carla5754 on 9/19/07

I would say it was a ghost or an evil spirit. Anytime, anyone plays around with witchcraft, they will contact an evil spirit. That woman didn't know that Saul wanted Samuel. She knew it was against God, but yet done it anyway.
---Rebecca_D on 8/29/07

Ramon it nice to see that we do agree on something.

God Bless!!!
---Marcia on 8/28/07

Marcia *Also I would encourage you not to do what Saul did. You will only open up your life to demonic influence or demonic oppression or possession*

Amen! That is so True! Going to a Witch is like Going to Satan's House and having a tea Party with Him.
---Ramon on 8/28/07

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Also I would encourage you not to do what Saul did. You will only open up your life to demonic influence or demonic oppression or possession
---Marcia on 8/28/07

Why also encourage you not to do what Saul did. You will only open up your life to demonic influence or demonic oppression or possession.
---Marcia on 8/28/07

Most definitely John & Ramon: We must be careful to pay close attention to what the Bible says & must not read into Scripture what is not said.

The Lord God brought Samuel back, to the witch's absolute horror, to pronounce an "audible" death sentence upon rebellious Saul. That's the bottom line!

Quite often all that is needed to understand the Bible is just to read it line-upon-line, precept-upon-precept.
---Leon on 8/28/07

If you read it carefully, you will notice that it wasn't a demon. It was really Samuel. God allowed the actual spirit of Samuel to be contacted. This had never happened before (she expected the same deceiving spirit she had always seen) and the medium "cried with a loud voice" (verse 12).

God used this instance to show both his power and presence to the medium revealing himself as the one true God. He also used it to send a message of condemnation to Saul.
---Ramon on 8/28/07

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#2 Read it carefully and you will notice that the woman was amazed and terrified when Samuel actually appeared, this implies that she was expecting not Samuel but a demonic spirit. Clearly Samuel's appearance was not the result of her so called "witchcraft".

If the Witch believe it was her usual demon, she wouldn't scream as she did. Now notice that the text plainly says, in verse 12, "the woman saw Samuel." (not a demon, or some wicked spirit disguised AS Samuel).
---Ramon on 8/28/07

#3 Now notice verse 15. Here we read further evidence that it was indeed Samuel who appeared to the witch. "Now SAMUEL said to Saul, Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?......"

Twice in this verse the one who appeared, and spoke to Saul, is identified as Samuel Himself! The text reads, "And Samuel said." "Then Samuel said." What could be plainer than that? This individual was indeed Samuel the prophet not an apparition, nor a demon.
---Ramon on 8/28/07

#4 According to verse 20 of I Samuel 28, Saul was afraid because of the words of Samuel, who had given him this terrifying message. These were Samuels words not the words of some other being, creature, whether it be angelic or demonic. Will we believe Gods Word? Will we just accept it for what it says?

Where does the text saids "This was not Samuel, but a demon"? I do know demon can play tricks, but this text is not an example of that.
---Ramon on 8/28/07

#5 Interestingly, in I Samuel 28 we read four times that Samuel himself was seen (verse 12), spoke to Saul (verse 15), asked Saul why he bothered him since God had already departed from him (verse 16), and that Saul had heard "the words of Samuel" (verse 20).

Four times the Scriptures state that it WAS Samuel, referring to his spirit (soul) which continues on after death, until the day of judgment and resurrection, when it will be rejoined with a body.
---Ramon on 8/28/07

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#6 All evidence suggest that it was Samuel not a demon. The only way the supporters of the "demon interpretation" can be true if Scriptures actually said "The demon said this", which it clearly doesn't say

Some have said that the passage only says that "Saul perceived that it was Samuel"(v. 14), but that Saul was mistaken in his perception. He merely thought it was Samuel! However, Saul's perception was valid, because four times the Scriptures state that it was Samuel!
---Ramon on 8/28/07

#7 I discover that those who believe it was a demon are those who do not believe in the After Life. The passage does not give us any reason to believe it was anyone other than Samuel, who is described by the medium as "an old man wearing a robe" (v. 14).

The message Samuel gave Saul was completely accurate. God allowed the witch of Endor to summon the prophet Samuel in order to give King Saul the news of his soon coming defeat and death.Read the text as it is. Simple as that!
---Ramon on 8/28/07

Saul inquired of a Spiritist which is a person who works witchcraft in order to manipulate the supernatural for results. We should never try to contact the dead. I was taught this at a very young age by my Mother. The myth about dead folks is that people think they roam the earth like ghost. The only one who roams the Earth is Satan and his demons and yes, they are able to parade as one of your dead ancestors.
---Marcia on 8/27/07

Also Saul was told not to communicate with the Spiritist, God would never honor Saul request to send Sameul to him. Saul should have been seeking God in prayer.
---Marcia on 8/27/07

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It says that Samuel answered him and the answer was the truth. There is no mention of demons. So why should we even think it was a demon when the Bible says it was Samuel?
---john on 8/27/07

What a question!!!

It was a demon impersonating Samuel

Keep serving up these scriptual question, I will enjoy them.
---Marcia on 8/27/07

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