The Mission of Mankind to be fulfilled by Mashiach
The mission of Mankind (purpose of Creation) is to unify the Name of Hashem ("Hai") which had been divided at the first moment of Creation; when this mission is completed the status of Mankind will be at an even more elevated level than that of man and Woman before their fall. The lowly snake will be left behind and thus thoroughly vanquished. The Rectification of the Name of “Hai” means death to evil, Darkness and the Primordial Snake.
The lower Man and Woman caused the Snake to fall the more elevated position Mankind would eventually rise to. By eliminating evil/darkness completely all that will be left is pure light, the Hidden Light that is stored away for the Righteous at the End of Days.
Thus Man and Woman through their “cunning” were to cause the Primordial Snake to fall from its exalted position in the Metaphysical World to become the lowliest of animals in the physical world, eventually allowing for Mankind to ascend to a level even higher than Eden.
As it is written (Mishlei 24.6):
6.' For with trickery you shall make war; and in the multitude of counselors there is salvation-
כִּי בְתַחְבֻּלוֹת תַּעֲשֶׂה לְּךָ מִלְחָמָה וּתְשׁוּעָה בְּרֹב יוֹעֵץ
(4283=17=8 counting final Zadik and Kaf as 900 and 500).
They thought they could achieve this mission in their time…in this they erred, as the mission is given to Mashiach- משיח whose name was created before time itself, before the Name of “Hai” was divided, before the creation of the Snake, before the creation of Man and Woman.
This explains why the word “Mashiach”-משיח (358) has the same gematria as the word “Snake”-נחש (358) and can be rearranged to spell “Shem Hai”-שם-חי (358). It is the task of the Mashiach to reunite the Name “Hai” of Hashem and by doing so will eliminate “Snake”/Darkness forever.
He put an End to Darkness
שם קץ לחשך
The Mashiach is a living end "Keitz Hai"- קץ ח"י he is eternally alive but will only be revealed at the End.
1018 (Zadik 900)
The number 208 is the gematria of the name "Isaac"- יצחק which is spelt with the same letters as the words "Living End".
The number 1018 just happens to be the gematria of the first line of the most recited prayer of faith of the Jewish People in their G-d, the Shema Prayer:
Hear O' Israel Hashem is our G-d, Hashem is One
שמע ישראל יהוה אלהנו יהוה אחד