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Did the ghost of Samuel really appear to Saul or was it just a demon or something else?

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  • I believe this question could be on-topic if it quoted the section of text in question and proposed the demon theory as a possible interpretation.
    – Jon Ericson
    Feb 17 '20 at 12:56
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yes. What Samuel said to Saul came true and Samuel's soul came up from Sheol, Ac 2:31-34

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  • Then does Sheol represent heaven or hell? Further, Acts 2:31-34 is not germane.
    – Dottard
    Feb 17 '20 at 6:35
  • Before resurrecting, God in Christ visited Hades, as it says. Which corresponds to Sheol. And from which, at Peter's time, David had not yet ascended, Ac 2:34. Do you want more Sheol references or might these answer your question sir? Were you asking how to translate 'Sheol'? Like above says: it apparently has a pleasant section and an unpleasant one. I'd have thought that quick mention of where the dead are might be germane to a question about a ghost. Sorcery isn't to be confused with resurrection
    – Walter S
    Feb 17 '20 at 19:48
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The Bible is clear about what happens to dead people:

KJV Job 14:10,12 But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?... So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.

KJV Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

What physically happens to people when they die?

KJV Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

We see there are 2 components to a living person - the dust and the spirit. Comparing it with how God created man we see that the spirit that God gave man is the breath of life

KJV Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

The Bible clarifies it further:

KJV Job 27:3 All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;

Job says that the Spirit of God is in his nose

Now if the breath goes back to God, who can bring a dead person alive again?

KJV John 5:28,29 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

Only God can bring a dead person alive.

When will this happen? The first quotes verse in Job 14 says "Till the heavens be no more". The Bible clarifies it further:

KJV John 11:24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

And further:

KJV 1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

So the dead people are sleeping in the grave and the spirit of life which was in them when alive returns to God. They will be resurrected by Jesus when He returns, if they have died in Him. (Concerning the wicked see Rev 20 for a clear answer without any jargon).

If God only can raise the dead, the question now becomes - is the witch of Endor a servant of God?

No! In fact God was completely against them! A death sentence was pronounced against them.

KJV Exodus 22:18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.

And again, concerning the very act of Saul:

KJV Isaiah 8:19,20 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

If God is against this, then it follows that it is the work of the devil. All witchcraft and sorcery is from the enemy. This is why wherever Gospel spread one of the effect was destruction of witchcraft and sorcery:

KJV Acts 19:19 Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.

Now the question comes - is the devil capable of resurrecting dead people? The Bible says that only God and Jesus can resurrect and give life to people:

KJV John 5:21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.

Why? Because God alone has life. He is called "I AM THAT I AM" meaning He exists by Himself. And this life He shares with all created beings.

KJV 1 Timothy 6:16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

KJV Acts 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

So, if Satan can't resurrect and the witch was a servant/partner of Satan, who/what was the Samuel that came up?

KJV 2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

Satan can impersonate the angels of heaven! It is a much easy work to impersonate the dead people. So it was an evil spirit which impersonated Samuel and not the actual Samuel who came up, for the devil does not have the power to do so

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  • Kindly post as separate questions. This is beyond the scope of the current question
    – One Face
    Feb 17 '20 at 4:31
  • The evil spirit impersonated Samuel and looked like Samuel. Hence the Bible called it Samuel.
    – One Face
    Feb 17 '20 at 4:34
  • False prophets can predict things to a certain extent: Deu 13:1-3 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
    – One Face
    Feb 17 '20 at 4:36
  • You should note that they may not always come to pass. In this case, it is pretty clear that God had abandoned Saul because Saul had abandoned God first. Without God, there was no hope for victory. The prediction that Saul will die the next day was a pure lie. Saul might have escaped and lived to proved it wrong had he been courageous - Saul infact committed suicide fearing death. This cowardice was played upon by the devil
    – One Face
    Feb 17 '20 at 4:39
  • A good example would be the oracles of the greek gods. They gave ambiguous "prophecies" and claimed that they had stated the truth when something having a semblance like that happened
    – One Face
    Feb 17 '20 at 4:40