Now I do not believe that neocromancers and mediums actually could contact or bring up dead persons at all.
They interacted with deceiving spirits and demonic forces intend on leading humanity astray.
But in this case it was God who by His miraculous power and authority allowed the dead prophet's spirit to speak to Saul. Samuel came up accompanied by the angels of God.
Some controversy exists among Bible students as to whether or not it was REALLY the deceased prophet Samuel. I believe it was because the Scripture says five times emphatically, that the person who came up WAS Samuel
"Then said Saul to his servants, Seek for me a woman who is a medium that I may go to her and inquire of her. And his servants said to him, There is a woman who is a medium at En-dor.
Then Saul disguised himself and put on other clothes. And he and two men with him went, and they came to the woman by night. And he said, Consult a departed spirit for me, and bring up the one whom I tell you.
And the woman said to him, Look, you know what Saul has done, that he has cut off the mediums and the soothsayers from the land. Why then do you lay a snare for my life to make me die?" (1 Sam. 28:7-9)
The disguised Saul promises that no one will know and on they go to bring up Samuel's departed soul and spirit from the realm of death.
"And the king said to her, Do not be afraid. But what do you see? And the woman said to Saul, I see some divine being coming up out of the earth."
Elohim is plural so some believe she saw divine beings (plural) coming up - or Samuel accompanied by an angel or angels.
The Bible says it was Samuel
"Now when the woman saw Samuel
, she cried out with a loud voice ..." (v.12)
"Then Saul knew that it was Samuel ...
said to Saul, Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?" (v.15)
said, Why then have you inquired of me? For Jehovah has turned away from and become your adversary. (v.16)
"Then Saul ... was very afraid because of Samuel's
If we believe that it was actually Samuel
as the Bible strongly indicates, then the deceased Samuel
existed though his body and flesh had turned to dust in his grave.
Death did not mean the dead prophet's total non-existence.