I have actually been studying Dispensationalism and the seventieth week in Daniel. Verse 26 divides the 490 years into three segments (seven weeks, threescore and two weeks, and one week). I don't claim to know why (maybe the Dispensationalists can help me here), but in verse 26, Gabriel tells Daniel, "...after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off..." Is there any confusion about what that is referring to? I think we all agree that that is a reference to the crucifixion of our Lord. Verse 26 continues "...the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary..." To quote Walvoord, "There is no complete destruction of Jerusalem at the end of the age as Zechariah 14:1-3 indicates that the city is in existence although overtaken by war at the very moment that Christ comes back in power and glory. Accordingly, it is probably better to consider all of verse 26 fulfilled historically." I understand by "historically," A.D. 70. Christ was crucified at the end of the 62 (threescore and two) weeks. With the first seven already fulfilled, that brings us to 69 (62+7=69). I think all, both Dispensationalists and Covenantalists are together at this point. Here is where the two part company... Scripture teaches us that Christ would be crucified AFTER the 62 weeks. Dispensationalists argue that Christ was crucified after the 62 weeks, but not necessarily during the 70th. The Covenantalist argues that it is only natural to assume that it was during the 70th, the 70th following chronologically the 69th. Now... 1. How can the 70th week consist of a covenant made by a Messiah who was "cut off" at the end of the 62 weeks (bringing us to 69)? 2. IF verse 27 is referring to the crucifixion "in the midst of the week" (in the middle of the 70th week), why did he say at the end of the 62 weeks in verse 26 and then say in the middle of the 70th week in verse 27? I mean...both could be true. Messiah could have been cut off after of the 62 weeks in the middle of the 70th. After all 70 does come after 69. However, why wouldn't Gabriel have said Messiah would be cut off after 65 1/2 weeks (the 62 plus the 3 1/2 of the seventieth) instead of separating the two. Do you think that might give us some insight as to why the three are separated (7, 62, 1)? Just remember...I'm not arguing the point. I'm just asking sincere questions and want answers. That's it.