Let us emphasize his words: "He likes you." Like doesn't translate to love. He just likes you because of a quality you possess which attracts you to him not that he loves you because he loves you.
Another thing, for someone to end a relationship through text shows how he despises or treats you with contempt. He should have approached you and told you so unless he lives hundreds of miles from where you stay or reside. If it is not the case, you cannot count on his love for you existing in his heart.
Lastly, don't wait patiently for a year or so for him to come back from when he 'paused' the relationship, though it's not the case since he 'stopped' it, and continue from where you left. During that period he will have changed his mind not to continue in the relationship or the relationship might end up in another breakup. Is the reason he gave for the breakup really the true reason why he ended the relationship? A year or so is a long time to wait for someone who you don't know the real reason why ended the relationship. You don't even know if the relationship will survive or he will not change his mind to engage in a relationship with another lady. Move on from the breakup. Stop thinking about him.