Barry Amundsen (3 Feb 2012)
"Nicole, Willie Wonka insights"

Nicole,
 
Loved your post that includes the link to the ending of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory original movie.
 
 
I think you are the first person I have come across who has also seen as I have in this movie the likeness of our salvation/rapture situation. I wrote a letter to my daughter about this and I would love to share it:
 
(I sent her the original movie DVD and this letter with it. This also became chapter 14 of my manuscript.)
 
 

Chapter 14

 

A Letter to My Daughter

 

 

Dear Kelley, ...

 

...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 of heaven?

 2.  And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,

 3.  And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

4.             Whosoever 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.

 

Proverbs 4:23  Keep 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 decide…

 

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.

 24.  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

25.       For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

26.  For 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.

 19.  Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

        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.

 

1 John 2:15-17.  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.

 16.  For 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.

17.       And 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 etc.

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 all things.

 

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 and Silas,

 30.  And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

 31.  And 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 witch”.

 

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.

23. 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 (God).

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 world.

 

Luke 12:42  And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household…

 43.  Blessed 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.

 11.  If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?

 12.  And 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 and mammon.

 

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 the heart.

13.       Neither 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 abroad.

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 everlasting life.

 17.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

 18.  He 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.

 19.  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

 20.  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

21 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…

 

Revelation 20:

 1.  And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

 2.  And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

 3.  And 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 season.

 4.  And 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.

 5.  But 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 thousand years.) 

 

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.

 50.  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

 51.  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

 52.  In 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.

 53.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

54.       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.

55.       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 the dead.

 20.  Come, 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;

 8.  I 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.

 9.  Behold, 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.

 10.  Because 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 earth.

 11.  Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

 12.  Him 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.

 13.  He 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.