Revelation 1:8, 18-19 (NKJV)
"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."
"I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this."
I love this opening chapter of Revelation. These verses are the opening statements from Jesus Christ who revealed himself to John and gave him the message which was to become this last book of the Bible. I want to shout with praise when I read this. There can be no clearer statement that Jesus Christ is God himself when He says I am the Almighty! The gospel is that Jesus Christ died for our sins (he has the keys of Hell and Death). That he died on a cross but rose again and is alive forever.
Then He gives an outline of the message John is to write down: the things you have seen, past, the things which are, present, and the things which will take place, future.
I don't know about you, but I am looking forward to reading this book. It says right up front that there is a blessing waiting for the one who reads and hears (understands) this prophecy.
Revelation 1:3 (NKJV)
Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.