Who spoke to Saul through the witch—the spirit of the prophet of God, or a devil in disguise?
King Saul was at his wit’s end and trembling with fear. The entire Philistine army had gathered to attack Israel’s smaller and weaker army. Saul moaned, “If only Samuel were here, he would tell me what to do.” But the great prophet of Israel had died a few years earlier.
The aged monarch tried desperately to find some guidance from other prophets or priests, but the Lord would not speak to him. As a young man, Saul had been close to God. But after ascending to the throne, he became cruel and rebelled against God’s Word. Once, he even had a whole village of priests murdered. King Saul had persistently refused to listen to the Lord, and now, in his distress, God would not answer him.
“Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her and enquire of her.” 1 Samuel 28:7. God had clearly commanded His people to never consult a witch or medium, but Saul now had little regard for God’s explicit instruction. See Leviticus 19:31; 20:6, 27.
Upon finding a woman in Endor who claimed to consult with the dead, the king disguised himself and went to see her. He said to the medium, “Bring me up Samuel.” The witch went through her spells and enchantments until an apparition claiming to be the prophet Samuel appeared and gave the king an utterly hopeless message. It predicted that Saul and his three sons would die in battle the next day.
The following day, Saul’s sons were slain by the Philistines, and afterward the wounded and discouraged king fell on his sword and took his own life. 1 Samuel 31:2–4. Who spoke to Saul through the witch—the spirit of a prophet of God, or a devil in disguise?
1. Can the dead come back to converse with or haunt the living? Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6; Job 7:9, 10
The Bible is clear. A dead person does nothing and knows nothing about what is happening on earth. See also Psalm 6:5; 115:17; and Isaiah 38:18.
2. If wizards, witches, and psychics cannot contact the dead, whom are they contacting? Revelation 16:14
3. Was the form that Saul saw actually Samuel the prophet? 1 Chronicles 10:13, 14; 1 Timothy 4:1
Heaven’s angels are called “ministering spirits” who help people on earth. Hebrews 1:14. The angels who were cast out of heaven with Satan are also spirits—evil spirits who deceive people by working miracles. Revelation 12:7–9; 16:13, 14. They use “all power and signs and lying wonders” and can even make “fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.” 2 Thessalonians 2:9; Revelation 13:13. When psychics claim to be contacting the spirits of the dead, they are really in touch with Satan’s fallen angels. See Isaiah 8:19, 20.
Taken from Last Generation, Vol. 26 No. 4, “Life Lines”. Last Generation is a vibrant 32-page soul-winning magazine published six times a year. To subscribe, call (540) 672-1996, Ext. 283. https://lastgen.net/