Daniel 8:2 Index
" And I saw in a vision; and it came to pass, that I was at Shushan in the palace, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in a vision, and I was by the river of Ulai."
Research Material

"I was at Shushan in the palace..."

  • [Summary: As far as the vision that follows and the prophecy presented, whether Daniel was physically at Susa or only there in the vision, has no effect on what follows].... Josephus alleges that [Daniel] the prophet was actually in Susa at the time of the vision (Antiquities x. 11. 7). (4BC 839-841)
  • As Daniel 8:1 states the time when the vision was given, this verse gives the place where the prophet received the revelation. Shushan was the metropolis of the province of Elam, which was then in the hands of the Babylonians, and the king of Babylon had a royal palace there. Daniel as minister of state employed in the king's business, was in that place. Abradates, viceroy of Shushan, gave his allegiance to Cyrus, and the province was joined to the Medes and Persians; so that, according to the prophecy of Isaiah 21:2, Elam went up with the Medes to besiege Babylon. Under the Medes and Persians, Elam regained its liberties, of which it had been deprived by the Babylonians, according to the prophecy of Jeremiah 49:39. (US 150)

"...I was by the river of Ulai."

  • Daniel, though living in the palace of Shushan, was carried by the angel to the river Ulai. On the banks of the river he witnessed the contest between the ram and the goat -- between the Medo-Persian empire and the Greeks (Daniel 8:7). Ulai represents the river of time, which has its source in eternity. Time with which we have to deal is but an infinitely small fraction of eternity, as a drop in the bucket, as the stream to the ocean. But on the banks of this river all nations are locate; there they rise and there they fall. Christ presides over the waters (Daniel 12:5-6), and His voice was heard from between the banks of the river calling to Gabriel, "Make this man to understand the vision" (Daniel 8:16). Nation may contend with nation on its banks, but the "Holy Watcher" is ever near. This river contains the water of life for all who will drink (Psalms 110:7), but all nations have built river walls exceeding the height of those of Babylon, to keep men away from the water (Isaiah 59:3), and to break the influence of Him who calls from between the banks. (SNH 134-135)