(Calvin's portrait not by me.)
Before I get into the post proper, I would like to touch on a theory about how Cain's line would have survived Noah's flood. Genesis 4:19 and 4:22 say: "And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah...And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah." I want to draw attention to Naamah the sister. It's said that the reason why Naamah is named here is because she would later go on to marry Ham, son of Noah. And that's how Cain's bloodline (the "Grail") was preserved through the flood.
It's also theorized that Noah's regional/localized flood took place in Central Asia/Westernmost China. Meanwhile Cain and his descendants were dwelling in the area of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers (north of Sumeria), safe from the flood in the east. Either way what we have--for sure--is the persistence of the serpent's seed (Cainites).
On to the post proper. Who is the elect? The elect is not who John Calvin said they are. Predestination has nothing to do with the question of free will. We did not inherit a sin nature from Adam and Eve. And God does not cause people to sin. And the elect are not those in the world whom God has chosen to become saved, while the majority of others he has condemned to eternal damnation.
To simply put it, the Elect are the true descendants of Judah: the Sephardic Jews today. Let us go back to around 701 BC (and later perhaps) when "Sennacherib king of Assyria come up against all the fenced cities of Judah, and took them." (2 Kings 18:13) The verse just quoted is a hyperbole of course. For we know that Jerusalem was not taken, and it appears that Lachish was not overrun either: "After this did Sennacherib king of Assyria send his servants to Jerusalem, (but he himself laid siege against Lachish, and all his power with him,)..." (2 Chronicles 32:9) Nowhere else is it said that Lachish was eventually subdued. We can conclude that at least the inhabitants of Jerusalem and Lachish escaped being taken captive by the Assyrians, as Isaiah 37:4 attests to when King Hezekiah makes a request of Isaiah: "lift up thy prayer for the remnant that is left."
The Sephardic Jews are descended from this remnant. Jeremiah 24 speaks about the good and evil figs. The good figs are those Judahites (of the Babylonian captivity) for whom God would set his "eyes upon them for good..." (Jer. 24:6)
This is what God says about the bad figs: "8And as the evil figs, which cannot be eaten, they are so evil; surely thus saith the LORD, So will I give Zedekiah the king of Judah, and his princes, and the residue of Jerusalem, that remain in this land, and them that dwell in the land of Egypt: 9And I will deliver them to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth for their hurt, to be a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse, in all places whither I shall drive them. 10And I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, among them, till they be consumed from off the land that I gave unto them and to their fathers."
Apparently some of these "evil figs" were those Jews who were dispersed from Jerusalem in 70 AD and ended up in Europe. And apparently John Calvin was a descendant of these figs who had turned away from their Creator: Calvin was actually a Jew. He hid his Jewish identity by changing his true surname from "Cohen" to Calvin. His doctrine of Calvinism is proof enough of his background.
In part 2 of this series I intend to get into the Book of Romans to show that 1) the elect are the Sephardic Jews (they who were predestinated from before time (as we know it) began and 2) the Gentiles are Scattered Israel (Ten Tribes of Israel and the Israelites who emigrated from Egypt before the Exodus).