In Genesis 1:28, God tells Adam and Eve to REPLENISH the Earth. Indicating the earth, at some point, had angelic beings - not of flesh and blood - before its destruction after a war took place in Heaven, which God banished Lucifer from Heaven.
The Apostle John saw a vision of the first heaven and earth, which passed away and the sea was no more. When most people read this, they have no idea what it means; often skipping over the passage. But within the context of the Ancient World, it's essential.
"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more." Revelation 21:1
Pay close attention to what the Apostle Peter said: "2 Peter 3:5-7
For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens EXISTED long ago, and the earth was formed out of the water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that THEN EXISTED was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly." Here we know Peter is not talking about the Flood of Noah because some survived that flood, rather a world long ago - which no one understood when Peter spoke these words to those around him.
God's focus for the Pre-Adamic Age was the angelic beings of which Lucifer was chief. What's known as the Pre-Adamic Age is the first of Seven Ages of God's Plan. We will get into the seven ages of God's plan later. The creation of the heaven(s) and the earth - ended at the start of the six-day creation week, during which God created Adam and Eve.
Let me first begin by saying this study is a series; this argument is the first of many. Let's start with the first chapter of Genesis to set up the case.
The Bible begins by explaining: "In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. (Gen 1:1). After this verse, there is a period. Indicating God allowed a time estimated between hundreds of millions of years, the time is pure speculation, not does line up with the wisdom God bestowed upon us through modern science, between this action and the next verse, which would accurately account for the age of the earth through the BIBLE. Therefore, there is no contradiction between God's timeline of the earth and scientific findings. Sadly, most Christians don't even know the history of the Bible, which could help them understand the age of the earth; and enhance their scientific curiosity.
To clear up any confusion, think of the Earth as a bedroom in a house; mom says 'go clean your room!' Mom walks in to see the light off. When flipping the light on, she sees a room in utter chaos; papers covering the desk; clothes on the floor; empty soda cans crush next to the garbage can; she sees, a water bottle on its side spilled water covering the ground.
When God said "Let there be light," God returned Himself, His presence into the Earth. Of course, God created the catastrophic destruction and then, God removed Himself, His light from the presence of the Earth. At which time, all animals, yes, (dinosaurs) died at once; which is known as the Ice Age. By the way, this lines up with scientific theory.
In essence, God began reversing the process He took to make it habitable. Since God did not create the sun until the fourth day, the light was an "electric light" to dispell the gloom and generate enough heat to melt the icy covering.
The Second Day, God readjusted the atmosphere, which makes sense as He slowly heated the icy covering of the earth else which earth would consist of mass fog. Just a thought. (Gen. 1: 6-8.) What's, extremely, important on this day is God, unlike other days, doesn't say this day of Creation was GOOD. The relevance of this omission is because (Eph. 2:2) tells us Satan is the prince of "Powers of the AIR" and by God creating the atmosphere Satan's kingdom become habitable again, and the Powers of Evil swarmed the presence of the air. (Eph 6:12) God must have known Satan's plan to corrupt humanity and stop the coming Messiah in any way possible even if it means destroying God's creation in the process.
"For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens
(he is God!), who formed the earth and made it (he established it; he did not create it empty, he formed it to be inhabited!):“I am the LORD, and there is no other." Isaiah 45:18.
God formed the earth, which already existed; underwater, which the Lord called the waters to subside from the planet. Therefore, God did not create something from "nothing."
Pay close attention to what this verse says. The surface was without form and void - darkness was upon the deep - the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. This verse implies of an ancient, thriving civilization in which earth, at one point, already existed. Before the fall of Lucifer. After God found sin in Lucifer and after a rebellion in Heaven in which now Satan convinced 1/3 of the stars or angels to rebel against God, the Bible tells us Michael and His angels defeated Satan. After that a catastrophic event took place. Wherein God destroyed the earth of old and the surface became void, formless and full of water - likened to an Ice Age. This revelation lines up with modern science, as dinosaur bones and fossils of ancient reptiles found buried beneath the ground suggest a catastrophic event took place.
"And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; (2 Peter 2:5)." This passage alludes to an ancient time before the flood of Noah. Because again, God saved Noah's family in this flood; the Pre-Adamic Civilization wasn't as lucky.
We should note that during the period the Garden of God - different from the Garden of Eden, which Adam and Eve dwelled, suggest a different era. Moreover, time as we know it did not exist. Hours, days, minutes were not measured. Before "Time" the "ALPHA" or "CREATIVE AGES," and after "Time" the "OMEGA," or "AGES OF THE AGES."
We find that once God created Adam and Eve, Satan tempted them by SINNING (lying) which means sin already existed in the world before Adam and Eve, but when they sinned, it entered the human race, which is Satan's goal to destroy the coming of the Messiah. In whatever satisfaction Satan received from Adam and Eve falling, his real target was Jesus Christ - in corrupting man, Satan believed that he could stop God's plan of redemption. For as we know, Satan was an enemy of God eons ago. Was Satan a serpent as some suggest? No, he used one of God's creations to tempt Adam and Eve, who did not know right from evil. Although God told the couple to steer clear of the tree of knowledge, why would this serpent lie to them? By the way, for those suggesting that a "talking snake" told Adam and Eve to eat from the Tree, that is highly unlikely. The serpent simply means "crafty" and slick, a snake is crooked and doesn't have a straight spine; someone would bend the truth.
Similarly, we find in the book of Job, Lucifer request God allow him to all but destroy Job as a means of shaking his faith and turning on God. How was Satan in God's presence? Because of an Ancient Pre-Adamic civilization in which Job was the first book of the Bible written. More in the book of Job speaks of creation than commonly understood, which indicates the story of Job came directly from Heaven as a story of faith, loss, anguish, misunderstanding & reconciliation to God. Reconciliation to God is His plan for humanity. During this allegory, Job was not in Heaven not did humans reside in heaven, it was an indication of how God's people might crush; but God would restore their faith to its original state, unlike Satan, who can never be restored - or repent.
Another indication the Book of Job came from Heaven is because it, again, was the first book of the Bible, which helped Israelites understand the character of God & advanced lesson on creation. As the Israelites most likely already knew of the creation stories from word of mouth as was common practice in the ancient world. The importance of the Job's story showed Satan allowed in God's presence because, at the time, he was the most influential being in God's ubiquity; so it's no wonder why the story of Job came first.
The more the concept of a Pre-Adamic world study, the more it lines up with current scientific evidence. Don't let anyone tell you the Bible is out of touch with science because modern science does in fact line up with the biblical text. Such as the age of the earth, the Ice Age, the fossil records - carbon dating; it all lines up with biblical manual if you choose to read it as written.
Update: In my original post, I didn't make it clear the angelic beings in the Pre-Adamic world were not human beings. They did not have flesh and blood. The difference isn't a small one; in fact, some who suggest human existed before the fall of man describe and Pre-Adamite worldview in which a particular race, mostly Caucasian existed before Adam and Eve, which is absolutely false.