God does not work against His inspired Word ever. If the Bible says the dead do not know anything and their thoughts have perished, that is what the dead are. The Bible says, "For the living know that they will die; but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, their hatred, and their envy have now perished; nevermore will they have a share in anything done under the sun" (Ecclesiastes 9:5-6). It couldn't have been Samuel, because when we die, we "know nothing." Samuel would have had to be alive to communicate with Saul and he definitely wasn't.Agreed! just wanted your view point on it. Cuz here is mine. I think GOD did allow samuel to talk to Saul. The women said with a loud voice y have u deceived me. I think she was just thinking i'm going to BS him with her spirits or just lie to him and GOD allowed the actual spirit of Samuel was allowed to appear and he got the riot act from GOD's prophet. Sad thing is if he repented (imo) i think GOD would have forgiven him, but we see what happens when pride and fear take over and replace hope and security in GOD. just my take. I do see yours also.
And if we look at the Scripture and study it, it actually says, "And the king said to her, “Do not be afraid. What did you see?” And the woman said to Saul, “I saw a spirit ascending out of the earth.” So he said to her, “What is his form?” And she said, “An old man is coming 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 down" (1Samuel 28:13-14). The blue part I've emphasised tells us Saul perceived it to be Samuel. It was not Samuel.
Whoever it was that appeared to Saul through the medium (it was either a demon or Satan impersonating Samuel) was not Samuel or connected to God in any way because firstly, the devil does not have the power to resurrect anyone, much less a witch. Only God resurrects the dead. Secondly, Samuel said to Saul, "And tomorrow you and your sons will be with me" (1 Samuel 28:19). How could Saul who had grieved away the Spirit of God be sharing anything with a holy prophet of God? They certainly wouldn't be going to the same place. Thirdly, the message that "Samuel" gives has absolutely no hope in it. The messages that the Lord usually gives give warning and hope. It was a hopeless message. It really seems like the devil kicked Saul for the last time while he was down.
Also God does not communicate with or pass messages through mediums and others with familiar spirits. He communicates with and through His prophets and men of God. Saul had banned all mediums from Israel too when he was a man of God because he knew they were an abomination to God as it says in Leviticus 19:31 and Deuteronomy 18:9-12. Leviticus 20:6 says, "And the person who turns to mediums and familiar spirits, to prostitute himself with them, I will set My face against that person and cut him off from his people."
Saul could not repent once God withdrew any contact from him. The Holy Spirit who is God withdrew from Saul too. It is the Holy spirit that leads us to repent after all. Because he did not have God, Saul sought the medium instead of God. "And when they say to you, 'Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,' should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them" (Isaiah 8:19-20). The Bible is clear, we are too seek God when in need of counsel. That is why God couldn't have possibly communicated through the medium because He is not found there. We are not to seek for the dead on behalf of the living. If we need Him, we pray directly to Him not seek mediums, wizards and the like.