Around the 19th and beginning of the 20th century there were still several Biblestudents and Bible researchers who believed in fallen angels. Underneath we look at a vision or view by one of the writers on calling the dead, in the Biblestudents magazine The New Covenant Advocate
King Saul and the Witch of Endor
In 1 Samuel 28 is related the experience of Saul with the witch of Endor. Saul had been most desirous of knowing how his affairs would go, but could get no answer from the Lord. (Verse 6.) Therefore he sought out this “witch,” who belonged to a class with which Israel was not permitted to have dealings, or to allow to live (Exod. 22:18; Lev. 19:31; 20:27; Deut. 18:10,11; Isa. 8:19),and which, moreover, Saul had put out of the land. (Verse 3.)
“(Samuel was then dead, and all Israel had lamented him, and buried him in Ramah his own city: and Saul had put away the sorcerers, and the soothsayers out of the land)” (1Sa 28:3 GenevaBible)
The medium asked Saul whom she should bring up, and he said, Samuel; and influenced by her description, Saul “perceived that it was Samuel.”
“6 Therefore Saul asked counsel of the Lord, and the Lord answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor yet by Prophets.
7 Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and ask of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman at En-dor that hath a familiar spirit. 8 Then Saul changed himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, conjecture unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up whom I shall name unto thee. 9 And the woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath destroyed the sorcerers, and the soothsayers out of the land: wherefore then seekest thou to take me in a snare to cause me to die? 10 And Saul swore to her by the Lord, saying, As the Lord liveth, no harm shall come to thee for this thing. 11 Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he answered, Bring me up Samuel. 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. 13 And the King said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending up out of the earth. 14 Then he said unto her, What fashion is he of? And she answered, An old man cometh up lapped in a mantel: and Saul knew that it was Samuel, and he inclined his face to the ground, and bowed himself.
15 And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? Then Saul answered, I am in great distress: for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by Prophets, neither by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest tell me, what I shall do. 16 Then said Samuel, Wherefore then doest thou ask of me, seeing the Lord is gone from thee, and is thine enemy? 17 Even the Lord hath done to him, as he spake by mine hand: for the Lord will rent the kingdom out of thine hand, and give it thy neighbor David. 18 Because thou obeyedst not the voice of the Lord, nor executedst his fierce wrath upon the Amalekites, therefore hath the Lord done this unto thee this day. 19 Moreover the Lord will deliver Israel with thee into the hands of the Philistines: and tomorrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me, and the Lord shall give the host of Israel into the hands of the Philistines.
20 Then Saul fell straightway all along on the earth, and was sore afraid because of the words of Samuel, so that there was no strength in him: for he had eaten no bread all the day nor all the night. 21 Then the woman came unto Saul, and saw that he was sore troubled, and said unto him, See, thine handmaid hath obeyed thy voice, and I have put my soul in mine hand, and have obeyed thy words which thou saidest unto me.” (1Sa 28:6-21 GenevaBible)
It cannot be supposed that power would be given to a ‘”witch,” one of the prohibited class, to raise Samuel from death; for if the Lord would not answer Saul when he called upon Him in the appointed ways, much less would He answer through a spiritualistic medium. What the woman “saw” and Saul “perceived” was not Samuel, but a counterfeit of him, impersonated by a fallen angel — one of those who had been disobedient in Noah’s days, but was now “reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.”
Samuel had fallen asleep; and, being dead, he could neither know nor tell anything. He had before his death prophesied that the kingdom should be taken from Saul; this was known to the evil spirit, which impersonated Samuel, and was referred to in the warning that was given to Saul. It seems also that the evil spirit was correct in saying that the battle should go against Israel, and that Saul should be slain, It could not have been otherwise, since God had at last definitely withdrawn His favour from Saul, in refusing to hear or to answer him.
– The New Covenant Advocate June 1909 p. 42
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