What I am about to explain will also clear up the mystery of the wounded head of the beast. This is a prophecy which has also clearly been fulfilled in conjunction with the revealing of the identity of the Leopard. Let's examine some background information.
Any good student of Bible prophecy must also be a good student of history. Preterism, for example, interprets prophecy in light of historical events from nearly 2000 years ago saying that all of the seals, trumpets, and bowls were fulfilled in 70ad and we have been living in the "millennial" reign of Christ ever since. Needless to say the math certainly doesn't add up on that given that the millennium came and went over 900 years ago.
There are given characteristics of the 1st century which could be interpreted as fulfillment of End Time prophecy if one really WANTS them to be however there are two things to consider here. One is the counterfeit - a Satanic decoy designed to entice people to believe that something has happened when it hasn't. Paul warns about this here:
2 Thessalonians 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3 ¶Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
So here, Paul gives a specific warning NOT to believe that the day of Christ is at hand in his day. Peter even warns us that it could take thousands of years!
2 Peter 3:8 ¶But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9 ¶The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
The other important thing to consider in light of the appearance of prophetic fulfillment in the 1st century is, even though it may LOOK fulfilled, it may need to be fulfilled AGAIN! This is a biblical concept that we simply cannot ignore.
¶This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.
2 Corinthians 13:1
Notice that Paul links his visits to them as witnesses. It was his third. He knew the biblical concept of two or three witnesses before anything legal and binding could be rendered "established". This may very well be the case with prophecy as well. We had a partial fulfillment in the first century as the first "witness" visitation so to speak and now we are witnessing the second witness which is all that is required to establish the matter.
It is Satan's role to deceive people. He is the "deceiver". If you think it was all done and finished in the first century you are deceived, friend. The evidence that the End Time is now is overwhelming. (article continues below video)
So let's move back to the leopard. This animal symbol represents one of three nation states or "beasts". They are the lion (with eagle's wings), the bear and the leopard. The lion is a fascinating discovery and stunning evidence of the validity of the Bible. Here is the Bible's rendition in context.
Daniel 7:4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it.
5 And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.
6 After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.
The lion is the animal symbol for England. Notice that the Lion had Eagle's wings that were plucked and essentially became it's own nation; a mighty nation separate from the other nations (lifted up from the earth) with a man's heart (Uncle Sam). This is the exact description of how the US came into existence - plucked from Great Britain, becoming the mightiest nation on earth.
The next is the bear - the nation symbol for Russia with its one-sided political system of Communism for the longest time; and did kill (devour) multiplied millions of people. As we will see later, the bear does get swallowed up into the one-world government hence the recent superficial democracy which exists today.
Next we see the leopard. The leopard is one of the animal symbols for Germany. Officially Germany uses the black eagle as its national symbol but interestingly Germany, when it was allowed to begin re-arming in the 1960's, chose to name its tank the "leopard". To this day Germany still produces the Leopard Tank 2nd generation.
It is also quite interesting that the family name "Leopard" has it's origin in Germany and the family coat of arms is seen [here] with the known origin of this family name given as Westphalia Germany. Germany under Hitler was in its "Third Reich" and currently, it could be argued, is in its fourth Reich or "head".
The three and four nations are given to Daniel as they would be represented by their animal symbols and they are given to Daniel separately. As we move forward to the book of Revelation we see the same nations mentioned again except they have been conflated into one "beast".
And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
So here we a single beast with the same nations mentioned except the eagle's wings. They, the US, is conspicuously absent. However we see that another beast has stepped in - The Dragon.
The beast is made up of first the leopard, then the bear, and then the lion. It is a single beast. The dragon is the animal representation of China which is currently rising as a superpower and looking for a more stable currency for world markets. Could it be that the dragon (China) will choose to give its power and influence to a unified Germany, Russia, and England? Sure looks that way so stay tuned for that. (article continues below video)
Now let's turn our attention to the very next verse:
And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
Notice it says "one of his heads". Now let me ask you this: why in the world are so many people looking for a man walking around with a wound on his head? It clearly says "one of his heads". Are we supposed to look for a three-headed person with a wound on one of them? Clearly not. This verse is referring to one of the three heads - leopard, bear, or lion - or Germany, Russia, or England, which has had a "wound" but the wound was healed. Which beast could possibly qualify?
From USA Today October 29 2009 - "Wound is healed, but scars remain" referring to the fall of the Berlin wall which has been commonly referred to as Germany's (leopard's) wound.
The prophecy goes on the say "all the world wondered after the beast". This article from Germany.info confirms that application to Germany with this:
"Twenty years ago, on November 9, 1989, the world watched in amazement as jubilant crowds gathered on both sides of the Berlin Wall around midnight to celebrate the opening of the border crossings between the eastern and western parts of the city".
In summary we see that the three-headed beast was separate in Daniel's vision. He is shown all of these things including the founding of America. The angel tells him to seal it up - because it was not to happen during his time. Then John, hundreds of years later, is shown the unsealing of Daniel's vision. The beasts come together to form a one-world government supported by the Dragon (China). The US is gone. The eagle's wings, a representation of freedom, fly to Israel. This is the future; the very near future. Every day in the headlines we see these things coming to pass. Germany is currently the most powerful nation in the EU. England remains separate from the EU just as Daniel and John saw it. Russia will join them and they will unite against a resistant Israel.
The sixth trumpet is next on the prophetic calendar. This will be followed by the seventh trumpet which is the rapture of the church.
So hopefully it has become clear that there is no need to look any further than Germany as the End Time Leopard of Daniel and Revelation. The End Time is not coming - the End Time is Now.