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Wednesday, April 16 2014
1 Samuel 28: The Witch Of Endor
"Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her"
David remained in Philistine territory for over a year (see 1 Samuel 27: David The Philistine Warrior). It was a time and place that enabled him to turn his ragtag volunteer militia into a royal army (see 1 Samuel 16: The Anointing Of David, 1 Samuel 18: The Rise Of David, 1 Samuel 19: The Parting of David and Saul and 1 Samuel 21: Why Didn't David Kill Saul?).
"28:1 And it came to pass in those days, that the Philistines gathered their armies together for warfare, to fight with Israel. And Achish said unto David, Know thou assuredly, that thou shalt go out with me to battle, thou and thy men.
Elderly Samuel had died (see 1 Samuel 12: Samuel's Farewell). In an apparent attempt to stop others from trying to contact dead Samuel, "Saul had put away those that had familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land."
"28:3 Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had lamented him, and buried him in Ramah, even in his own city.
The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) and Samuel had both stopped talking to Saul (see 1 Samuel 15: Saul's Impeachment) because he had quickly squandered his wisdom with foolishness and hypocrisy. After banning others from doing so, "Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her."
The dead are dead ("For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing," Ecclesiastes 9:5; see also What Happens When You Die?), however from the Scripture account it seems that the essence of the person that awaits their resurrection (see Resurrections) can be contacted - something that the LORD commanded not to do because it is an "abomination unto the LORD":
"18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, 18:11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 18:12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee." (Deuteronomy 18:10-12 KJV)
Nevertheless, Saul consulted a necromancer (i.e. someone who practices divination by conjuring up the dead) with the intent of contacting Samuel.
"28:4 And the Philistines gathered themselves together, and came and pitched in Shunem: and Saul gathered all Israel together, and they pitched in Gilboa. 28:5 And when Saul saw the host of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart greatly trembled. 28:6 And when Saul enquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets. 28:7 Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her.
Although some are of the opinion that it was not Samuel that was awakened, the Scripture account does not say that it was a fraud, or a demon imposter. The Scriptures plainly say "Samuel said to Saul." It's also very important to keep in mind that the "Samuel" that was contacted accurately delivered a prophecy from the LORD about Saul's own impending death, or rather death penalty, for doing such evil things as conducting a seance.
"28:15 And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up?
Fact Finder: What are the many forms of witchcraft and sorcery? Do witchcraft and sorcery include the use of drugs and narcotics?
This Day In History, April 16
1457 BC: The estimated date of a Battle of Megiddo (an ancient "battle of Armageddon"; see also The Battles Of Megiddo) between Thutmose III of Egypt and a Canaanite coalition under the King of Kadesh (see also What Does The Bible Really Say About Canaanites?).
1178 BC: The estimated date of the Greek king Odysseus' return home from the Trojan War.
73: Masada fell to the Romans after several months of siege, ending the Jewish Revolt (see A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots).
1065: The Norman Robert Guiscard took Bari, ending 5 centuries of Byzantine rule in southern Italy.
1175: Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I ended the siege of Alessandria and signed the Treaty of Montebello with the Lombard League (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1521: Martin Luther, 34, arrived at the Diet of Worms (i.e. "Worms" is the English rendering for Vorms, a city in Germany), where he defended his "Ninety-Five Theses," first advanced in 1517. At the Diet (a term for a legislative assembly used some countries, "Diet" derived from the Latin word for day), Luther refused to recant his rebellion against the Papacy (while at the same time, Luther kept nearly all of the Papacy's antichrist doctrines, as do most "Protestants" to this day - see Antichristians and Is Your Religion Your Religion?; also The Cross Of Christ, Or The Cross Of Men? and Christ Died For Repentant Sinners).
1542: The Sieur de Roberval, France's first viceroy in Canada, sailed for the New World with 3 ships and 200 colonists. He explored the St. Lawrence as far as Montreal Island, searching for the legendary kingdom of Saguenay. The expedition returned to France in 1543.
1582: Spanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma founded the settlement of Salta, Argentina.
1705: Queen Anne knighted Isaac Newton at Trinity College.
1746: Forces under the Duke of Cumberland fought the Jacobite Scots under Prince Charles Edward at the Battle of Culloden, near Inverness, Scotland.
1780: The University of Munster in Munster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany was founded.
1818: After the U.S. failed to obliterate the Canadian people as a nation and annex Canadian territory into the U.S. (the publicly-stated goal of U.S. President James Madison when he declared the start of the War of 1812 - which ended in 1814 with British Marines burning the White House, in retaliation for the U.S. burning of the Parliament Building in Toronto earlier that year, after Madison and his army fled Washington into the nearby Potomac River swamp), the U.S. Senate ratified the Rush-Bagot Treaty, establishing the border with Canada that remains to this day nearly 200 years later.
1856: The Declaration of Paris was signed. It recognized the principle of free ships and free goods and defined contraband and blockade.
1912: Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel, from Dover to Hardelot.
1942: The Island of Malta was awarded the George Cross in recognition for heroism under constant German air attack during the Second World War. It was the first such award given to any part of the British Commonwealth.
1947: Bernard Baruch, a U.S.-Jewish financier, originated the term "Cold War" to describe the relationship between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R.
1953: The British royal yacht Britannia was launched, just months before Queen Elizabeth's coronation. The ship served the monarchy for 45 years before being decommissioned in 1998.
1982: Queen Elizabeth proclaimed Canada's new constitution, ending the last colonial links with Britain.
1995: Canada and the European Union settled a dispute over fishing rights in the north Atlantic after weeks of tense negotiations. The incident began when a Canadian Coast Guard ship fired upon and arrested a Spanish ship on the high seas.
2007: The Virginia Tech Massacre, one of the deadliest shooting sprees in U.S. history - 32 killed, 23 wounded. The gunman committed suicide.