by Saber Truth Tiger
I Samuel 28:
11 Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel.
Saul asks the necromancer to bring up Samuel. This is probably because in Saul's time, the dead were believed to be in Sheol a subterranean place of the earth where the dead slept. The concept of an afterlife in heaven or hell was not fully developed in the Hebrew Scriptures.
12 And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice: and the woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me? for thou art Saul.
Notice the Scriptures plainly say the necromancer saw SAMUEL, not a demon impersonating Samuel.
13 And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth.
14 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, and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself.
At this point, the Scriptures indicate that Saul "perceived" it was SAMUEL. The KJV "perceived" comes from a Hebrew word that had various meanings but one of the meanings is "know". Saul KNEW it was Samuel. Here are various translations of I Samuel 28:14.
15 And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do.
Now this is important. The inspired writer says plainly it was SAMUEL that spoke to Saul, not a demon impersonating Samuel. The NWT adds quotation marks to make it seem that it really wasn't "Samuel" but an imposter.
16 Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the Lord is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy?
Here again the inspired writer says "Then said SAMUEL" not "Then said the demon".
17 And the Lord hath done to him, as he spake by me: for the Lord hath rent the kingdom out of thine hand, and given it to thy neighbour, even to David:
18 Because thou obeyedst not the voice of the Lord, nor executedst his fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore hath the Lord done this thing unto thee this day.
19 Moreover the Lord will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the Philistines: and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the Lord also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.
Samuel tells Saul that he and his sons would be with him the next day. This shows that Sheol is where the dead would go and they would be together.
20 Then Saul fell straightway all along on the earth, and was sore afraid, because of the words of Samuel: and there was no strength in him; for he had eaten no bread all the day, nor all the night.
Finally, notice the inspired writer says "because of the words of SAMUEL" and not those of a demon pretending to be Samuel.