Jesus and some of his followers met on Mount Olivet, near Jerusalem
'And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars...and there shall be famines and pestilences'
Futurists contend that the near future will be characterised by wars, rumours of wars, earthquakes and famines. This is based on certain teachings in Matthew 24. The following response demonstrates that the events to which Jesus is referring are those of the latter half of the first century. The contemporary Jewish belief was that the Messiah would bring with him a reign of peace and prosperity. This recalls the descriptions of Messiah's kingdom in the second half of Isaiah's prophecies. Jesus implies that his kingdom will not appear immediately but that hard times would come first.
The proliferation of 'wars, rumours of was, earthquakes and famines' since the start of the twentieth century is used by Futurists as another sign of the last days (Matthew 24:6-7). But Jesus implies that these should actually come to an end before his final coming. In any case these events began to occur shortly after his time on earth. A famine is recorded in Acts 11. There were severe earthquakes around the Mediterranean during the first century. One earthquake resulted in the deliverance of Peter from prison (Acts 16:26).
Futurists sometimes argue that earthquakes are becoming more common today than ever before. This is hard to substantiate since we may only have maybe a hundred years or so of accurately kept records to compare to millennia of geological time.
The reference to earthquakes is theological and not geological: earthquakes symbolise divine judgement and wrath and therefore any hope of a peaceful life before the next 'Day of the Lord' is in vain.