GENESIS 1: 1
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
The dateless past [Pr. 8:22-23; Jn. 1:1; Acts 15:18; Eph.3:9; Col. 1:18; Heb.1:10; 11:3; 1 Jn. 1:1; Rev.1:6; 3:14].
Verse 1 is the introduction to the whole Bible and all history, for it marks the boundary between TIME and ETERNITY.
It is not a summarized statement of what is to follow, for it mentions heaven first, while the following verses mention the earth first.
Job 38:4-7 makes it clear that the heavens were created first else the STARS could not have rejoiced when the earth was created.
This proves that v 1 refers to prior acts of God and the verses which follow refer to the earth under a flood and judgment, and then restored to a second habitable state, as before the curse of v 2.
- Dake A.R. Bible: page 51
GOD IN THE ETERNAL PAST
That God existed from all eternity is very clear in Scripture [Ps. 90: 2; 93:2; Pr. 8:22-31; Mic. 5:2; Jn. 1:1-3; Heb. 9:14; Rev.1:4-8; 4:8; 22:5, 13].
What He did in all the dateless past, besides create the spiritual, moral and material universes, is not revealed [Dt. 29:29].
- Dake A.R. Bible: Page 53.