The Black Lodge
The Most Unholy
Fans of the (rather sick) TV series Twin Peaks have a lot of fun trying to figure out the meaning of the many symbols and clues left by series creator David Lynch. But his apparent originality isn’t that original. His inspiration is the occult. The funny thing is that the occult itself isn’t all that original. It is simply an inversion of many things in the Bible, which is also filled with strange symbols and clues. It is no coincidence that Twin Peaks was the product of a culture that was once soaked in the Bible.
The mysterious Black Lodge in Twin Peaks is simply a “bad tabernacle,” a synagogue of Satan. There is human sacrifice, false ascension (levitation), fire on human heads, godless men and women enthroned, dualities and doppelgängers, and wisdom spoken in riddles. A one armed man sits next to a dwarf who is his arm (the man at the right hand). There is a murderous spirit, a corrupted son and a predatory father. Whenever the murderous spirit is present, the smell of burnt oil is his demonic “anointing.” The evil spirits feed on the garmonbozia (“pain and sorrow”) of their victims.
The entry point to this dwelling of darkness is a demonic “laver,” a large puddle of burnt engine oil (a lake of fire) surrounded by twelve leafless trees. This circle has a spiritual outflow, a subtle corrupting effect on the town, and produces prophecies, visions and superhuman strength as bait in a trap.
Now, you might be thinking Bully has lost it and is taking us down the dark path. Not so. You will find exactly this sort of thing in the Bible, spoken by the Lord Himself. Only the Most Holy can become the most unholy, and the Lord uses exactly this sort of enticing but ultimately empty inverted symbolism to communicate the horror of Israel’s perversion of holy worship into a synagogue of Satan. His Temple has become a doppelgänger, an evil twin, of what was intended.
This occurred under Israel’s kings before the captivity. The Lord took Ezekiel behind the veil into Israel’s “Black Lodge” to expose the wickedness inside. Ezekiel and the Lord became “two witnesses” against the rulers before the destruction of the city and Temple. Likewise, Jesus inspected Herod’s Temple for “plague” before its destruction. There were no idols in that Temple. It was a culture soaked in the Scriptures. Yet, as in the days of Jeremiah, the Temple itself had become an idol. It was covered in white stone but inside it was full of the glory of decaying men.
Rather than being a house that mediates life, The Black Lodge is a house that feeds on human death. It began with Lamech and can be traced from him back to Cain. Human sacrifice is its fundamental character trait, most particularly the sacrifice of children. We can see it in Pharaoh, in Israel, in Herod, and in our own culture today. The Altar to heaven becomes an altar of the abyss, a house of horrors, the Black Lodge.
Here’s some posts that discuss the “Altar of the Abyss” theme in the Bible. Scanning them again now, I realize how “dense” some of them are (some are excerpts from Totus Christus) but I’m sure you’ll get the idea. The final two are examinations of how this “bad Tabernacle” theme is expressed by the Lord’s perverting of the “Bible Matrix” in the literary structures in Isaiah. An example would be His reference to Israel’s stench at Step 5, Incense. Of course, the final bad Tabernacle is the description of the Temple as a harlot in the Revelation.
Welcome to the Black Lodge. I hope you make it out alive. And don’t watch Twin Peaks. It’s not edifying and not very original. Read your Bible.