Matthew 24:22 “And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.” Jesus states above that the only reason any flesh at all is saved is, “for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.” We can sense from that statement that the flesh is not the thing esteemed as important to God, but His elect are what He esteems. (1 Corinthians 1:29; John 6:63; Romans 9:8; 2 Corinthians 5:16) And we know that Paul told us, Romans 11:7 “What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.” There again we see that there is a distinction being drawn between Israel of the flesh and what the elect of God is. And that is why Paul tells us plainly that the elect of God are persons selected of their spirit of faith from out of all flesh. Speaking of that election which so many seem to want to confine to the Jews, Paul told us: Romans 9:24 “Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?” Notice how Paul ties what he said there to the very prophecy many seek to confine to the Jews: Romans 9:25-28 “As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. 26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God. 27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: 28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.” There is only one group of elect and Paul there affirms that to us, saying, “Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only ...” We must understand that the elect are God's priests and that God would for their sake cut those days short, as Jesus said and thus not destroy all flesh, is a priestly intercessory function by them as the body of Christ offered for the sins of the world. The elect are the body of Christ, first fruits of the harvest with Christ. They are God's temple which the slower ripening wheat of the harvest is saved through. For where there is a precious first fruits of any harvest there is also the remainder of the harvest yet to be yielded. The elect have already been sealed with life by the time of the “great multitude.” That “great multitude” we read of at Revelation chapter 7 is that slower ripening wheat, the remainder of the fields yield. That is why they yet have to be led to life: Revelation 7:17 “For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” As further evaluation in the Scriptures reveals, the elect are those living fountains of the waters of life.