...I’m guessing that you may have seen
the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
movie.? (I know you liked Johnny Depp after the
Pirates of the Caribbean movie…) Although he is
quite a different character in this of course.
(I always admire actors that can play a wide
variety of roles instead of the same kind
always.) I had a feeling it would be different
from the original. It is and it left out some of
what I think makes the first one so very good. I
don’t know whether you would have seen this
earlier version that came out in 1971. It’s
rather primitive looking by comparison but
overall I really like it a lot.
In the special features on the DVD they
tell about how they came to make the movie. They
differed from the book in certain areas. (I’ve
not read the book but I probably should. Maybe
the new one is more like the book, I don’t
know.) Anyway, there is an ingredient in this
first one (that’s not in the new one) that makes
it very significant. The whole thing works like
an allegory. That is, a story that illustrates
something bigger than itself.
Think of the chocolate factory as
representing the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 18:1 At
the same time came the disciples unto Jesus,
saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom
Jesus called a little child unto him, and
set him in the midst of them,
said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be
converted, and become as little children, ye
shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
therefore shall humble himself as this
little child, the same is greatest in the
kingdom of heaven.
The chocolate factory is both
mysterious and closed to the people with no hope
of getting in until the owner makes a way. The
reason it was closed in the first place was due
to corruption from within that had to be shut
out…but that’s getting ahead…
Willy Wonka of course represents God.
Slugworth represents either the devil or
possibly the word of God or maybe the Holy
Spirit or maybe elements of all those. I’ll
explain that later….
The invitation goes out to the whole
world but out of everyone only five children
will be chosen. In one scene, a boy announces to
Charlie’s class at school that Willy Wonka is
opening his factory to the public. The teacher
shouts “class dismissed”. Then the boy says it’s
only for five kids and the teacher says class
not dismissed. The boy says you have to buy
Wonka bars and the teacher says class
redismissed… (In the Bible, five is the number
of grace which means “unmerited favor” so that
suggests that only by grace can we get into
heaven, not by earning a way in…) But everyone
who will come in by grace can get in.
I love the way Charlie says that even
though he’s poor and can’t afford to buy a whole
bunch of the candy bars, five of which contain
the golden tickets, yet he says, “I have as good
a chance as everyone else, don’t I?” It’s also
interesting though subtle that, that Slugworth character
happens to be right where each child is when
they find a golden ticket as if to suggest that
either he knew in advance who would find one or
else those individuals were selected on purpose
in a way….
At some point inside the factory, each
child is given a very special piece of candy
called an “Everlasting Gobstopper”. This is a
piece of candy that never gets smaller as you
eat it so it lasts forever. They are warned by
Wonka to guard it with their life and don’t give
it to anyone else.
thy heart with all diligence; for out of it
are the issues of life.
Slugworth wants one of these pieces of
candy so he can discover its secret and steal
it. He promises each of the children that if
they will give it to him he will make them rich.
Think of this as each of our own lives
or eternal souls. God gave us our lives. Satan
wants us to turn our lives over to him in one
way or another. To serve our own self interests
rather than submit to God’s will for us. But we
Matt. 16:23 Get thee
behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto
me: for thou savourest not the things that
be of God, but those that be of men.
said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man
will come after me, let him deny himself,
and take up his cross, and follow me.
For whosoever will save his life
shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his
life for my sake shall find it.
what is a man profited, if he shall gain the
whole world, and lose his own soul? or what
shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
You don’t find out until the end of the
movie that the whole reason for inviting the
children into the factory is to find a child to
give it all to. (I’m sorry if I’m spoiling the
ending for you but I’m assuming that you have
already seen the new one by now so you sort of
know how it ends anyway.) The way that Willy
Wonka goes about making his selection is to test
these children with that piece of candy. To see
what the child will do with it. Just like God is
doing with us.
Charlie ends up being the last one left
after each child is eliminated by some form of
disobedience or failing to heed a warning that
they were given. Even Charlie is guilty of
disobeying because he and his grandfather went
and tried some of the “Fizzy Lifting Drinks”
that they were warned not to. They barely escape
the fan blades that might have chopped them up.
(None of this is in the new movie.) They
discovered in the nick of time that by burping
they would descend back down to safety.
Even this I think is a way of showing
that pride is what gets us into trouble and
causes us to be lifted up in going our own way.
By letting their “hot air” of pride out they
sort of “humbled themselves” and were saved.
Proverbs 2:2. When
pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with
the lowly is wisdom.
Proverbs 16:18. Pride
goeth before destruction, and an haughty
spirit before a fall.
it is to be of an humble spirit with the
lowly, than to divide the spoil with the
20. He that handleth a matter wisely
shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the
Lord, happy is he.
Proverbs 29:23 A
man's pride shall bring him low: but honour
shall uphold the humble in spirit.
Love not the world, neither the
things that are in the world. If any man
love the world, the love of the Father is
not in him.
all that is in the world, the lust of the
flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the
pride of life, is not of the Father, but is
of the world.
the world passeth away, and the lust
thereof: but he that doeth the will of God
abideth for ever.
Once the other children are gone and
only Charlie and his grandfather are left Willy
Wonka abruptly declares the tour over and begins
to dismiss them and they are told to leave as he
has other important work to do. They ask about
the generous supply of chocolate that Charlie
was supposed to receive and are told that
because they disobeyed, they have forfeited all
rewards and benefits including that chocolate
At this the grandfather becomes furious
and calls Willy Wonka a crook and an evil man
for building up the hope of a little boy only to
dash it like this. He exclaims “I’ll get even if
it’s the last thing I do and if Slugworth wants
an Everlasting Gobstopper, he’ll get one.”
Charlie could easily have gone along
with his Grandfather. Many people would. But his
heart was in a different place. He very sadly
and slowly approaches the desk where Wonka has
his back to him as if writing something and
places the piece of candy on the corner of it
and turns to go out. Back to his hum-drum life
of poverty and nothingness.
Then Willy goes to pick up the piece of
candy as he whispers, “So shines a good deed in
a dark and weary world.” He then joyously
explains to Charlie that he has won. That the
whole experience was a test. That he wanted to
give his chocolate factory to someone but it had
to be a child because an adult would corrupt it
because they think they know how to do it
better. But a child will be willing to learn
from you and carry on with what you teach them.
In the same way God wants us to learn to trust
him and he will then be able to trust us with
Psalm 34:8. O
taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed
is the man that trusteth in him.
Isaiah 49:23 I am the
Lord: for they shall not be ashamed that
wait for me.
Psalm 37:34. Wait
on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall
exalt thee to inherit the land: when the
wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.
Isaiah 40:31. But
they that wait upon the Lord shall renew
their strength; they shall mount up with
wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be
weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Acts 16:29. Then
he called for a light, and sprang in, and
came trembling, and fell down before Paul
brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must
I do to be saved?
they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,
and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
There’s a wonderful moment early in the
film where in class the teacher is teaching
something and he has Charlie helping. He says
that if the student were to try and teach the
teacher that would be presumptuous and rude.
That’s exactly how God feels when we try to tell
Him how we think things ought to go… Yet so much
of our world is doing exactly that.
Some time ago I gave you a video that
covers some of the dangers of Harry Potter among
other things. I don’t know if you have watched
it or not. Maybe when you’re ready you will.
It’s called “The Occult In Your Living Room.”
It’s by a former Satanist who got saved out of
all that by the power of Jesus Christ which is
the only way to be saved from it. Basically
witchcraft is an attempt to make yourself equal
with God. Doing your own thing your own way.
(One of the most evil men who ever lived was
Aliester Crowley. He lived many years ago but
his influence is still felt in today’s world.
His creed which is adopted by many of today’s
biggest music and film stars was, “Do as thou
wilt shall be the whole of the law.” Which
became “Do your own thing” in the 60s.) That’s
all rebellion from God is really. That’s why
there can be no such thing as a “good or white
1 Samuel 15:22-23. And
Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight
in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in
obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to
obey is better than sacrifice, and to
hearken than the fat of rams.
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,
and stubbornness is as iniquity and
idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the
word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee
from being king.
Also you don’t actually have to become
a witch to be just like one at a heart level. To
rebel against God in any way is to believe that
there is something better for us than what God
has for us.
Just like Charlie and his grandfather
would be doing if they were to go to Slugworth
with that piece of candy supposing to be made
rich rather than to put up with what they
perceived to be a mean unfair person like Wonka
But when Charlie gave that piece of
candy back he was proving that he could be
trusted with the whole chocolate factory. So
Willy Wonka knew that he had found an honest,
trustworthy boy. One who would let Willy Wonka
teach him instead of trying always to exert his
own will into everything. That is what God is
looking for in every one of us today in this
Luke 12:42 And
the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and
wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler
over his household…
is that servant, whom his lord when he
cometh shall find so doing.
44. Of a truth I say unto you, that he
will make him ruler over all that he hath.
Luke 16:10 He
that is faithful in that which is least is
faithful also in much: and he that is unjust
in the least is unjust also in much.
therefore ye have not been faithful in the
unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your
trust the true riches?
if ye have not been faithful in that which
is another man's, who shall give you that
which is your own?
13. No servant can serve two masters:
for either he will hate the one, and love
the other; or else he will hold to the one,
and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God
I hope you can see all this in the
movie as I do but it might be confusing for you
I don’t know. Basically God is looking for
people that he can trust with his whole kingdom.
To find us he has given us each an eternal soul,
our lives in this world (like the everlasting
gobstopper). We can do whatever we want to with
our lives once we reach adulthood. I’m
oversimplifying this but this is basically how
it is. Satan, like Slugworth entices people to
sell their soul to him. For whatever earthly
pursuits they can find down here. (I know about
this from first hand experience. I had to make a
choice beginning when I was about your age.
That’s another story…) The wisest choice we can
possibly make is to give our life back to God.
Allow him to be Lord over us and get to know
him. Because his purpose for us is so very good.
It’s not a popular choice and the reward is not
only in this life but in eternity. That’s why it
takes faith. No one can choose for another you
must choose for yourself. Even though others can
influence us just like Charlie’s grandfather.
But Charlie made his own choice.
Okay, I said I would explain about who
Slugworth represents. The reason I could not say
simply that he is the devil is because at the
end Willy Wonka introduces him as a Mr.
Wilkinson and says he’s not really Slugworth but
he actually works for me, Willy Wonka. He was
part of the test. I found the name Mr. Wilkinson
to be a very curious choice for his name.
Because when I was growing up there was a razor
blade company that I don’t know if it still
exists or not… But they were called Wilkinson
Razor blades. Your mom will probably remember…
Well, I remember hearing from my dad that that
same company was actually very old. And that
before they started making razor blades, they
were in the business of making swords. Their
logo was two swords crossed or something. But
when swords no longer were used in everyday life
by people they needed something else to make so
they started making razor blades instead.
Well the Bible says that the word of
God is like a sword that can discern where we
line up with God in our hearts.
Ephesians 6:17. And
take the helmet of salvation, and the sword
of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Hebrews 4:12. For
the word of God is quick, and powerful, and
sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing
even to the dividing asunder of soul and
spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is
a discerner of the thoughts and intents of
is there any creature that is not manifest
in his sight: but all things are naked and
opened unto the eyes of him with whom we
have to do.
So this Mr. Wilkinson is almost like
calling him “Mr. Sword” in a way. This
also explains why there is so much suffering in
the world. Because God allows Satan to exist and
get to us in order for us to have a choice.
Sadly, many people don’t choose to love God and
Satan becomes influential in their life. Like
the one little girl that had her fingers crossed
behind her back while promising to guard the
piece of candy…
Matthew 12:30. He
that is not with me is against me; and he
that gathereth not with me scattereth
John 3:16. For
God so loved the world, that he gave his
only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth
in him should not perish, but have
God sent not his Son into the world to
condemn the world; but that the world through
him might be saved.
that believeth on him is not condemned: but
he that believeth not is condemned already,
because he hath not believed in the name of
the only begotten Son of God.
this is the condemnation, that light is come
into the world, and men loved darkness
rather than light, because their deeds were
every one that doeth evil hateth the light,
neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds
should be reproved.
But he that doeth truth cometh to the light,
that his deeds may be made manifest, that
they are wrought in God.
Something else that Linda, my
girlfriend noticed about Slugworth is in the
name… Have you heard how a round piece of metal
that looks like a coin about the size and shape
of a nickel or quarter but is just nothing of
any value is called a slug? So the value of what
this character is offering is nothing if you
fall for it. Worth the same as a slug instead of
a real coin…
And one more thing I remember is how
Willy Wonka says “We have so much time and so
little to do…No strike that, reverse it…” It
occurred to me that when we get to heaven, or at
least for the millenium (1,000 year reign of
Christ on Earth…
I saw an angel come down from heaven, having
the key of the bottomless pit and a great
chain in his hand.
he laid hold on the dragon, that old
serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and
bound him a thousand years,
cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut
him up, and set a seal upon him, that he
should deceive the nations no more, till the
thousand years should be fulfilled: and
after that he must be loosed a little
I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and
judgment was given unto them: and I saw the
souls of them that were beheaded for the
witness of Jesus, and for the word of God,
and which had not worshipped the beast,
neither his image, neither had received his
mark upon their foreheads, or in their
hands; and they lived and reigned with
Christ a thousand years.
the rest of the dead lived not again until
the thousand years were finished. This is
the first resurrection.
6. Blessed and holy
is he that hath part in the first
resurrection: on such the second death hath
no power, but they shall be priests of God
and of Christ, and shall reign with him a
That will be how things are for us
then. But for now they are reversed, meaning we
have so much to do and so little time. But then
we will have a lot of time and not too much to
have to do except things we like to do.
Finally, when they get into the
“Wonkavator” which is the elevator that goes
anywhere, and it goes up through the ceiling,
way up in the air… That to me is a symbol of the
rapture. Which is something I
don’t know if you’ve ever heard of or not. I
don’t have time to go into it here because it’s
rather involved and this is already too long…
But in a nutshell it’s the promise of Jesus to
come back and take his believers to be with him
in heaven in a moment in a twinkling of an eye…
And those who are dead in Christ will rise from
the graves and the ones who are alive at the
time will be changed and caught up into heaven
without ever having to die. I believe that we
are living in the day when this event could
happen. Which is why I’m telling you about this.
The false religions of the “New Age Movement”
have already prepared an explanation for the
event when it happens to tell the world. The
Bible tells the truth.
1 Corinthians 15:49. And
as we have borne the image of the earthy, we
shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood
cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither
doth corruption inherit incorruption.
I shew you a mystery; We shall not all
sleep, but we shall all be changed,
a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the
last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and
the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and
we shall be changed.
this corruptible must put on incorruption,
and this mortal must put on immortality.
So when this corruptible shall have
put on incorruption, and this mortal shall
have put on immortality, then shall be
brought to pass the saying that is written,
Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is thy sting? O
grave, where is thy victory?
Isaiah 26:19. Thy
dead men shall live, together with my dead
body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye
that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the
dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out
my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and
shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as
it were for a little moment, until the
indignation be overpast.
21For, behold, the
Lord cometh out of his place to punish the
inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity:
the earth also shall disclose her blood, and
shall no more cover her slain.
Revelation 3:7. And
to the angel of the church in Philadelphia
write; These things saith he that is holy,
he that is true, he that hath the key of
David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth;
and shutteth, and no man openeth;
know thy works: behold, I have set before
thee an open door, and no man can shut it:
for thou hast a little strength, and hast
kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
I will make them of the synagogue of Satan,
which say they are Jews, and are not, but do
lie; behold, I will make them to come and
worship before thy feet, and to know that I
have loved thee.
thou hast kept the word of my patience, I
also will keep thee from the hour of
temptation, which shall come upon all the
world, to try them that dwell upon the
I come quickly: hold that fast which thou
hast, that no man take thy crown.
that overcometh will I make a pillar in the
temple of my God, and he shall go no more
out: and I will write upon him the name of
my God, and the name of the city of my God,
which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down
out of heaven from my God: and I will write
upon him my new name.
that hath an ear, let him hear what the
Spirit saith unto the churches.
The movie ends with Willy saying to
Charlie “You know what happened to the boy who
got everything he always wanted?” Charlie says
“What?” “He lived hapilly ever after…” And
that’s what happens to us who are in Christ
which happens when you ask him to forgive your
sins and come into you. We get to live happily
ever after. Eternal life! In heaven with God.