In the story of the Witch of Endor, was her vision of Samuel from God or from a demon?
As Pastor Armstrong explained in his teaching from 1 Samuel 28, the Witch of Endor reacted with surprise, indicating this was not her normal experience. Since we assume she had experience dealing with demons in the past, it would suggest this time was different – indicating it was not demonic activity.
More importantly, the text says plainly that this was, in fact, Samuel:
We would not expect the text to refer to this vision as “Samuel” if it were a demon. Rather, we would expect the text to tell us that Saul was being deceived. Instead, the text says repeatedly that this vision was Samuel, and the vision spoke as Samuel relating things that only Samuel knew. Moreover, Samuel told Saul things of the future that were under God’s control, not under demonic control.
Therefore, all available evidence indicates the vision was truly of Samuel, which is something the Lord has power to do.