For his entire adult life, Daniel has had to trudge through the mud and darkness of Exile. Sometimes, he experienced immediate – even miraculous – rescue when he was in trouble. Other times, like near the end of this book, we find Daniel mourning over what’s happening to God’s people. And in this troubled time, God sends a messenger to Daniel to pull back the curtain of reality and give Daniel a glimpse into what God is doing both in our world and in the heavenly realm. In this talk, Philip unpacks for us the great hope that Daniel would have glimpsed in all of God’s plans: how all the sorrow, darkness, futility and evil of the Exile will ultimately be swallowed up in victory when God raises to life all those who now sleep in the dust of the earth.