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In 1824 Nat Turner had a vision which he saw lights in the sky and the Spirit of God told Turner to take it upon him and fight the Serpent (slave masters). After the vision Nat Turner prayed to the Spirit and found out it meant to be forceful and free His people by force. Seven years later in February of 1831 an eclipse of the sun convinced Turner that it was a sign from God to start an insurrection, and to lead His people out of bondage. God was tired of seeing His people struggle, so He found a great leader who was not afraid to start the rebellion. One day Nat Turner was in the field laboring and,

... While laboring in the field, I discovered drops of blood on the corn, as though it were dew from heaven, I communicated it to many, both white and black, in the neighborhood; and then I found on the leaves in the woods hieroglyphic characters and the numbers, with the forms of men in different attitudes, portrayed in blood and representing the figures I had seen in the heavens and by signs in the heavens that it would make known to me when I should commence the great work, and until the first sign appeared I should conceal it from knowledge of men; and on the appearance of the sign...I should arise and prepare myself and slay my enemies with their own weapons. I heard a loud noise in the heavens, and the Spirit instantly appeared to me and said the Serpent was loosened, and Christ had laid down the yoke he had borne for the sins of men, and that I should take it on and fight against the Serpent, for the time was fast approaching when the first should be last and the last shall be first..."

On august 13, 1831 there was an atmospheric disturbance. To Turner this was the final and last sign to him and his close friends, Henry, Hark, Nelson, and Sam, to begin the insurrection and out an end to slavery.



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